Cadent has embarked on the road to a greener future taking delivery of new zero emission vehicles, which will enable gas engineers to respond to emergencies across its London network pollution free. Engineers are now using 10 zero emission vehicles including five response cars powered by hydrogen to patrol Cadent’s North London network which also includes parts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Essex.
The new hydrogen-fueled cars are Hyundai’s with a range of almost 400 miles. These have been bought as part of Cadent’s commitment to introduce zero-emission First Call Operative (FCO) vehicles and to have 1,000 zero emission vehicles across all its networks by 2026. This ambition also provides a unique opportunity to encourage the development and supply of a new product, hydrogen vans into the UK market.
“The new hydrogen fuel cell cars are a first for Cadent and represent a major step forward in working to achieving our RIIO 2 environmental goals. In tandem with this we’re also working to develop a range of other transport technologies to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Cadent Fleet Specialist, Dominic Stephens.
The London network was chosen as the first recipient of the new vehicles because of the availability of hydrogen fueling stations. However, the fleet decarbonisation initiative has also seen demonstration vehicles operating in the North West and East of England networks.
James Harrison, Director of the North London network commented: “It’s a really exciting time to introduce these vehicles to our fleet as the required infrastructure is growing and developing rapidly. These vehicles will allow us to gain valuable feedback, which will be used to determine our pathway to reducing the emissions of our fleet.”
Cadent Sustainable Transport Manager David Jones added: “By investing in hydrogen vehicles we’re not only being good stewards of the environment but we’re also demonstrating the viability of gas as a future fuel source for transport, which is entirely consistent with our own hydrogen strategy.”
Cadent’s growing green fleet also includes a pair of Iveco repair CNG vans in the North West and West Midlands network, with another CNG van expected to join the North West Network soon. For movement of large items Cadent has also invested in a joint fleet of nine biomethane trucks with logistics company DHL, which vehicles will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help improve air quality.