ULEMCo, the ultra-low emissions vehicle company, has reached an important milestone with 16 standard Ford Transits, adapted to run on dual hydrogen/diesel, which have clocked up over 20,000 miles (over 32,000 km) using hydrogen. The vehicles achieved ultra-low emissions of 59g of CO2 per kilometer, compared with 234g/km for the standard vehicles, equivalent to a saving of almost six tons of CO2 emissions for the UK to date. The figures are based on witnessed emission tests.
The company believes that this milestone is powerful support for the argument that hydrogen fueled commercial vehicles have made the transition from the research and development stage to representing a valuable commercial option for future vehicle operation. As more hydrogen filling stations are now becoming available, the cumulative mileage achieved will increase significantly.
ULEMCo is targeting its technology at fleet owners who need to reduce their CO2 emissions but have few practical options. Vehicles in this sector need to have unrestricted range – a problem with current battery vehicles. They also need long working life and a high level of robustness, a package of features not available elsewhere.
“This milestone represents an important stage in our development of hydrogen powered commercial vehicles”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “It not only demonstrates the robustness and practicality of our solution, but it sends a powerful signal to fleet owners that this is an area they need to factor into their plans for the future.”