CitySprint is trialling a hydrogen van as part of its wider ambition to create a completely emission-free fleet in London by 2020.
The UK’s leading same day delivery service provider is marking the first use of hydrogen vehicles for courier services in the UK.
The new hydrogen van has been developed in partnership with Renault and will be trialled on distribution work for facilities management giant Mitie over the next six months with a number of clients.
The van is powered by hydrogen combining with the air inside to produce electricity which is used to charge the battery or drive the vehicle. This process means it only emits drips of pure water as a result of the chemical reaction between the hydrogen and oxygen.
The hydrogen fuel cell & battery powered van has a range of over 200 miles and will join CitySprint’s growing green fleet in the city, which now includes 22 cargo bikes, with plans to roll the bikes out to other UK cities such as Manchester.
CitySprint run four electric vans and are currently working with a number of Masters students from the University of Southampton to produce a greener urban solution with it’s collaboration with FTC 2050(Freight Traffic Control) – an organisation aiming to reduce energy demands through collaborative logistics.
Patrick Gallagher, CitySprint Group CEO, commented: “Since the launch of our green fleet this August, we’ve already cut back on our CO2 emissions by as much as 10 tonnes. The trail of a hydrogen van is on a long list of environmentally friendly vehicles we have tested over the years. We hope that along with our growing cargo bike fleet, this can prove to be a sustainable option and continue our commitment to reducing air pollution across the UK cities we operate in.”
Richard Bartkow, commercial and supply chain director for Mitie’s document management business, said: “Not only is this hydrogen van new for Mitie, it’s a first for the courier services industry too.
“We continually look to new and emerging technologies as our business evolves and offering this service is just one of the many ways we can support both our developing client needs and ensure our courier services are environmentally sustainable.”