15 December 2015
Liverpool, UK – ULEMCo, the company championing the use of ultra-low emission hydrogen fueled vehicles has been advised by Transport for London (TfL) that their conversion of the Ford TRANSIT to duel fuel is eligible for a 100% Congestion Charge discount. This significant development opens the way for fleet operators to deploy this ultra-low emission vehicle in London with a financial incentive to support their socially responsible choice.
A converted 2.2L Ford TRANSIT was tested and found to meet TfL requirements for a 100% discount based on the criteria for exemption: emissions of less than 75g/km, and to meet or better the ‘Euro 5b’ standard. ULEMCo’s emissions test result for the converted van was just 59g/km, and was witnessed by the UK Vehicle Type Approval authority (VCA). Air quality measures relative to the Euro standard showed results 77% better on particulates; 78% better on CO; 14% better on NOx and 6% better on THC (unburned hydro carbon). Eligibility for the Congestion Charge discount will apply to any vehicles of the same engine/type converted by ULEMCo, subject to TfL’s annual confirmation.
Incentives such as the Congestion Charge discount provide much needed support for commercial vehicle operators to make the switch to ultra-low emission vehicles, at the same time as ensuring that their business remains financially competitive. Hydrogen-diesel vans provide a practical, low carbon low emission option in a class of vehicle that currently has no alternative.
“We are delighted that our Ford TRANSIT conversion has been recognised by TfL as eligible for the Congestion Charge discount”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “As far as we know, this is the first vehicle in this type (1.8-3.5t) that meets both air quality and carbon emission requirements in London, and will provide our customers with a significant incentive to make the conversion, beyond the motive of environmental responsibility”.
ULEMCo recently announced that it had raised a further £400k in funding and is currently carrying out dual fuel conversions of a number of refuse collection vehicles and Transits under the Levenmouth Community Energy Project.
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ULEMCo Ltd is based in Liverpool, UK and was founded in 2014 as a spin out of Revolve Technologies, to commercialise intellectual property and capability in hydrogen combustion engine technology. The company retrofits vehicles, starting with diesel Ford Transit vans to enable them to run on commercially available hydrogen. The technology allows vehicle fleet managers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to ultra-low levels.
Commercial fleets across the UK will benefit from a reduced carbon foot print while still having the full range capability of standard diesel vehicles. Alongside various partners, ULEMCo already supports a fleet of 20 vehicles across a range of hydrogen hubs in the UK. The company is targeting commercial fleet retrofits to grow the market significantly over the next 18 months, and then expand into other vehicle types over the longer term. Its growth plans include creating a hydrogen re-fuelling network, to capitalise on the existing local infrastructure for this ‘green’ fuel.