Two custom-built Euro 5 Ford Transits were unveiled yesterday to two transport study tours visiting the city during the annual North Sea Region Conference and are part of a demonstration project to show that hydrogen is a practical and efficient fuel. “Aberdeen is a leading world energy city with a very clear focus on the future. We are internationally renowned as a center of expertise in oil and gas and we are determined to also lead the way on hydrogen,” said Council leader Jenny Laing.
The vans, which have been converted using Revolve H2ICED technology (dual fueled internal combustion engine), will not only help to reduce harmful emissions from transport in the city, but also help to promote low emission vehicles across Scotland. They contain a data-logging USB which records fuel consumption, location and other data which will be used to analyze vehicle performance and will aid the development of the next generation of H2ICED technology.
Partially funded by the council and the INTERREG North Sea Program, the two Ford Transit units are joining Aberdeen’s growing fleet of hydrogen vehicles as the city has already secured the world’s largest fleet of 10 hydrogen buses as part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, which is due to be in public service by late autumn. The results of the testing of different hydrogen vehicles will be compared and shared with European partners.
“We have already made great strides on this by working closely with our European partners to develop and test hydrogen technologies, and we continue to do so with a view to securing a renewable source of clean energy which can be used for a variety of purposes, including transport. The development and deployment of hydrogen-powered vehicles is key to furthering the development of hydrogen technology,” added Laing.
Source: Aberdeen City Council