Hydrogen Gritters in Glasgow!

Written by Chris Kwacz

ULEMCo, the British company pioneering the adaption of hydrogen fuel in the UK, will provide the largest single deployment of hydrogen vehicles in the country. Thanks to Scottish Government they will help to transfor the Glasgow City Council existing fleet into a hydrogen powered one.

ULEMCo will deliver 20 gritters, multi-purpose vehicles ready for use on the streets by next winter, providing a significant opportunity for a reduction in CO2 emissions in the city. Around half of the fleet of 20 vehicles will be converted to hydrogen dual fuel, while the rest will be hydrogen enabled from the start. Based on the gritters’ normal duty cycles, around a third of the energy is expected to come from hydrogen, resulting in the same proportion of emissions being saved. The City Council is in the process of securing ‘green hydrogen’ for the fleet to refuel.

This is the first set of conversions for gritter lorries and is the company’s largest volume order to date. Deploying fleets of hydrogen vehicles in this way builds the base load for hydrogen infrastructure investment, as well as saving large volumes of CO2. It helps to create a market for hydrogen fuel that will make it easier for other local authorities and businesses to switch to the cleaner fuel.

“The environmental impact of large diesel powered utility vehicles is very high in city centres”, says Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of ULEMCo. “We are delighted to support Glasgow City Council in its ambition to become Britain’s first zero net carbon city, and help to ensure that its entire fleet of 2000 vehicles is carbon free by the end of the decade.”

ULEMCo expects to deliver the vehicles in the coming months, where they will contribute immediately to cleaner air in the city.

source: ULEMCo site www.ulemco.com



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