Arcola Energy announces largest hydrogen vehicle fleet in the UK
Arcola Energy announces largest hydrogen vehicle fleet in the UK
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, November 15, 2016

Arcola Energy, the UK’s hydrogen energy specialists, have announced that they have now sold or leased 32 of Renault’s Kangoo ZE-H2 electric vans - with fuel cell range extender produced by Symbio FCell, to UK customers. This is now the largest hydrogen vehicle fleet in the UK.

It means that UK fleets are realising the benefits of a hydrogen-fuel transport solution with vehicles boasting a range of 250 miles – twice the previous range of comparable electric vehicles.

In partnership with ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, Arcola Energy deliver an integrated package of on-site fuel and after-sales support for UK commercial fleets. This provides fleet customers with a one-stop solution for vehicle preparation, registration, insurance, site approvals and staff training. This is in addition to maintenance and engineering support and training and education services, allowing fleet managers to fully realise the benefits of these vehicles.

Dr Ben Todd, Arcola Energy’s Managing Director, noted:

“One of the issues facing transport managers seeking a truly zero-carbon solution for their vehicle fleets has been the restricted range of battery-only electric vehicles. The solution - now available in the UK exclusively from Arcola Energy, means that fleets can operate effectively either from a local base which we can provide with our partners, or via the network of hydrogen refuelling stations which has been established across the country over the past few years and which continues to grow. The hydrogen transport revolution is taking-off.”

Arcola Energy, through its network of suppliers both within the UK and abroad, offers fleet managers a total solution for renewable, zero-carbon transport. It has become the UK ‘one stop shop’ for renewable-energy powered vehicle fleets, being directly involved in all aspects of the transport system, from fuel cells, through electric vehicles to refuelling facilities. The company provides customers with bespoke solutions for specific fleet requirements.

Steve Tindall, Arcola Energy’s National Accounts Manager said:

"After 20 years in the fleet industry, supplying thousands of vehicles to public sector and commercial fleets, seeing numerous clean alternative fuels come and go, I am delighted to be supplying a truly game-changing alternative fuel vehicle, using technology which delivers on both environmental and user requirements. Using the Symbio range extender I believe we now have an electric vehicle that is both commercially and operationally viable.

“A combination of increasing customer demand for zero-emission, extended-range vehicles and government-supported development of a comprehensive, UK-wide hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is seeing this ‘quiet revolution’ continue apace.

“I would urge fleet managers to consider where in their fleet this vehicle and the forthcoming larger fuel cell electric vehicles might fit"

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, added:

“This is a highly significant milestone, demonstrating that the development of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is matched by customer demand for the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

“We’re particularly pleased to be working with Arcola Energy and to be supporting their fleet customers at our hydrogen refuelling stations.”

About Arcola

Arcola Energy is exhibiting at the Utility Week conference, in Barcelona, from 15 - 17 November on stand No 3D48, alongside our key partner ITM Power. The stand is that of IMS ECUBES, Arcola’s international clean energy infrastructure Joint Venture company of which Arcola Energy MD is the CTO.

Arcola Energy is the UK representative for Symbio FCell, a French company based in Paris and Grenoble, specialising in the design and industrialisation of hydrogen fuel cell systems in the 5kW – 300kW power range. Arcola provides sales, deployment and technical support within the UK.

The Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 electric van is now in series production and offers, with the Symbio FCell range extender, a range of more than 250 miles.

ITM power will be exhibiting alongside our key partner, Arcola Energy on the IMS ECUBES stand 3D48. Visitors will be able to see ITM Power’s flexible approach to generating hydrogen for zero emission mobility and the importance of using highly efficient electrolyser stack technology.

ITM Power will be showcasing the 2MW PEM electrolyser stack module which has a response time of 0.2 seconds, converting excess renewable energy into hydrogen gas, which can then be stored and used in a number of applications such as Power-to-Gas energy storage or a clean fuel source for fuel cell electric vehicles.