The Osnabrück Police Directorate is now taking another, innovative route on its path towards making its own mobility more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
As one of the first police authorities in Germany, Berlin is now also involved in Osnabrück Hydrogen patrol car with 100 percent fuel cell technology in use. The locally CO2-free vehicle with its alternative drive technology will be tested for everyday use in the field and patrol service. An originally planned official presentation of the vehicle together with Interior Minister Boris Pistorius and Police President Michael Maßmann was canceled due to the corona problem. The project of the Osnabrück police department is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of 20,460 euros as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The funding guidelines are coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Projektträger Jülich (PtJ).
The advantages of the silent patrol car with new drive technology: No CO2 emissions are emitted. In addition, the range is enormous, the refueling is done in minutes and the fuel hardly weighs anything. The car’s zero emissions benefit cities that are particularly affected by high levels of pollutants. A corresponding hydrogen filling station is located in Hasbergen-Gaste, right on the outskirts of Osnabrück. Due to the close proximity of the petrol station to the site in combination with the quick refueling, a high availability of the new police vehicle can be guaranteed. Officials who had already tested the patrol car
Police chief Michael Maßmann: “I am pleased that we have managed to test fuel cell technology in our management in Osnabrück. We have already had very positive experiences with electric powered emergency vehicles. The use of our nationwide first two police electric motorcycles in the field and patrol service has also led to inquiries from police authorities from all over Germany and beyond. Now we are going a completely new and innovative way with the use of a hydrogen vehicle in the police department. I firmly believe that police mobility will change fundamentally in the next few years – there is no way around that. Our fleet is becoming greener and combines innovation, ecology and practicability. We will not let up and will continue to pursue our sustainable path consistently. “
The Lower Saxony Minister of the Interior and Sports, Boris Pistorius, on the new police vehicle: “The pollution levels in German city centers make it clear how important it is for the Lower Saxony police to invest in alternative types of drive. The police vehicles are visible everywhere in Lower Saxony on the streets, the police also have a role model function with their huge fleet of vehicles. It is important to fulfill this role, especially with regard to the sustainable reduction of pollutant emissions. In addition to electric and hybrid vehicles, which have been used intensively by the police for years, the focus is now also on the practical testing of hydrogen-powered vehicles. That is why the Lower Saxony police have expanded their fleet strategy to include hydrogen vehicles. Lower Saxony will continue to live up to its pioneering role in terms of alternative drives. “
The silent patrol car gets by with one tank of fuel about 666 kilometers (according to WLTP). The fueling time is 3-5 minutes. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.5 seconds and has 163 hp. The maximum torque is 395 Nm. According to the manufacturer, the consumption is given as 0.84 kg H2 / 100 kilometers. The curb weight is 1889 kilograms. In the first quarter, the Hyundai was converted from a normal car to a radio patrol car. In addition to the assembly of blue lights, sirens and radio technology, this also included the visual redesign (foiling) to create a recognizable and typical police vehicle.
The fleet of the Osnabrück police department already has 20 electric cars, 12 pedelecs and three electric motorbikes in the field of electromobility, from the Teutoburg Forest to the East Frisian Islands. Another highlight: Since December 19, 2019, the police have been on the island of Juist with an electric quad. The idea for the E-Quad also came from the Osnabrück police department – there it was designed and converted. A quiet vehicle like the quad on an island does not bother animals or vacationers. This is also confirmed by the experience with the electric police motorcycle on the island of Borkum, which has been used successfully there since 2017. Another 15 electric vehicles are currently being procured.