ULEMCo is planning to roll-out its hydrogen-fuel technology to fleets after its converted vehicles were verified as achieving the definitions of ultra-low status by the VCA, the UK Vehicle Type Approval authority.
Ford Transit vans retrofitted with ULEMCo’s hydrogen gas system achieved emissions of 59g/km of CO2, representing a 70% reduction on the equivalent unconverted vehicle. Tests also showed a 40% reduction in NOx.
Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo, said: “We are delighted that our hydrogen-powered vans meet the requirements of VCA.
“The way is now open for us to roll out the system to fleet operators looking to dramatically reduce their diesel emissions in line with the overall UK commitment to reducing the impact on air quality and climate change.”
Using the dual fuel conversion, vehicles can run for around 200 miles on hydrogen before automatically switching to diesel when the store of hydrogen is used up.
The conversion equipment is designed to be fitted to standard commercial vans and can be switched between vehicles. Cargo space is not affected as the conversion kit fits underneath the vehicle.