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UK’s CitySprint tests hydrogen van for same day deliveries

LBR Staff Writer Published 08 January 2018

UK-based same-day delivery firm CitySprint is testing a hydrogen van to carry out same day deliveries in London.

The company, along with Mitie, will use the hydrogen for distribution to multiple clients in the next six months.

CitySprint is testing the new hydrogen van, as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emission output.

During the trial, the company will assess the performance of hydrogen van against remaining green fleet to determine the effect on total emission output.

Manufactured by Renault, the hydrogen van features a battery and hydrogen fuel cell, which helps to travel around 200 miles.

Hydrogen is said to aggregate with the air to generate electricity, which is used to drive the vehicle and charge the battery.

In addition, the company is increasing its green fleet to reduce capital costs and carbon emissions.

CitySprint group chief executive Patrick Gallagher said: “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 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.”

CitySprint offers services, including same day courier, UK overnight, international deliveries, as well as logistics and specialist solutions for the customers.

Image: CitySprint is trialling a hydrogen van to complete same day deliveries within London. Photo: courtesy of CitySprint.