31st July 2018 – Liverpool, UK – ULEMCo, the company pioneering the adoption of ultra-low emission hydrogen fuelled commercial vehicles in the UK, has delivered the first hydrogen dual-fuel van to online supermarket Ocado. The vehicle is part of a wider programme to evaluate the use of ULEMCo’s cleaner vehicles for the Ocado fleet.
Converted from a standard Mercedes Sprinter, the new van will go into immediate service from the Ocado spoke in West Drayton, making conventional deliveries of groceries to customers in the area. It will make use of the public hydrogen refilling stations that are already up and running in the capital and around the country.
ULEMCo continues to add to the range of vehicle types that have been converted to hydrogen dual-fuel operation, further demonstrating the practicality, versatility and cost effectiveness of adopting this approach. This is the first Mercedes Sprinter conversion to be completed, and should give a tailpipe CO2 saving for Ocado of around 40% against their standard vans, at the same time as meeting the latest air quality requirements.
“Ocado is committed to reducing vehicle emissions across its fleet”, said Graham Thomas, Fleet Services Manager at Ocado. “Deployment of this first dual-fuel van represents an important step in developing our plans for cleaner, more efficient fleet operation. We’re particularly interested in ways to ensure we guarantee customer service and achieve the vehicle utilisation levels we currently experience with our conventional vans. Hydrogen dual-fuel looks like an option that can deliver both, and we’re excited to see how it performs in our world.”
“We are naturally delighted to see another major UK organisation recognise the role that hydrogen fuel can make to achieving cleaner cities. The practicality of converting standard commercial vehicle types has been proven in a growing number of OEM models”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo.
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ULEMCo Ltd is the world’s first hydrogen commercial vehicle conversion company, enabling fleet, commercial and niche vehicle owners to have access to zero emission hydrogen fuel, as part of their strategies to reduce transport related carbon emissions.
ULEMCo 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 converts vehicles, having started 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 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 vehicles across a range of hydrogen hubs in the UK. The company is targeting commercial fleet conversions 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.
Ocado was established in the UK over 16 years ago and listed on the London Stock Exchange in July 2010. It claims to be the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer with over 580,000 active customers. Its objective is to provide customers with the best shopping experience in terms of service, range and price. Grocery is the largest retail segment and is moving online. Moreover, the rapid growth of shopping using mobile devices opens new opportunities. Ocado is well positioned to take advantage of these long-term structural trends.