Hydrogen drivetrain project promises zero-emission vans 16 January 2017

A project aimed at propelling the UK to pole position in the race to develop a supply chain for hydrogen-enabled drivetrains for large vans and trucks has received £0.5 million UK government funding.

Part of the two-year Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial announced last week, the project has been designed to enable the development of a zero-emission drivetrain, which will be incorporated into a 3.5-tonve van.

The 1,000kg payload vehicle will be designed to deliver a 200-mile range, in urban conditions, according to hydrogen fuel system integrator, Arcola Energy, which is to design the hydrogen-electric hybrid drivetrain.

Project partner Haydale Composite Solutions is to develop a 700bar hydrogen tank aimed at emerging refuelling standards.

Meanwhile, Commercial Group, which operates the largest commercial hydrogen-enabled vehicle fleet in the UK, will trial the new vehicle, which is being claimed as the first fully zero-emission vehicle, as part of its own hydrogen-powered fleet.

“This project will help cut vehicle emissions, improving air quality and reducing pollution in towns and cities, said Transport Minister John Hayes at the launch:

“This is yet another important step towards this government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change.”

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Arcola Energy Ltd
Department for Transport
Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd

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