CitySprint is to partner with Mitie to trial a new hydrogen van for same day deliveries within London over the next six months. The battery and hydrogen fuel cell van is produced by Renault and can travel up to 200 miles on the alternative power option.
The hydrogen fuel cell works by hydrogen combining with the air to create electricity which is then used to drive the vehicle and charge the battery. As a result only drops of pure water are emitted.
The new vehicle option will be assessed alongside the company’s other green fleet options which CitySprint has pledged to continue expanding.
Patrick Gallagher, CitySprint group chief executive, said that the green fleet had already helped to significantly reduce emissions for the company. “Since the launch of our green fleet in August, we’ve already cut back on our CO2 emissions by as much as 10 tonnes. The trial 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,” he said.
The company hopes to have an emission-free fleet in London by 2020.
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