Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will add two hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles to its fleet after receiving grant funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The two vehicles added to the fleet will be Renault Kangoo electric-hydrogen hybrid vehicles with a range of 200 miles on hydrogen and a further 100 miles on electricwhen and if required.
The vehicles will be refuelled at the ITM Power refuelling station located in Sheffield, which is currently the only refuelling station in Yorkshire.
Jeff Gott, fleet manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said, “We are very excited to have been awarded this funding for the hydrogen-electric hybrid vehicles. These vehicles will be used for the ambulance service’s fleet manoeuvres, transporting vehicles around Yorkshire and will be used to prove the concept and pave the way for hydrogen vehicles to be used in the operational fleet. We are now truly on the zero-carbon fleet journey.”
Alexis Keech, the environmental and sustainability manager for the Trust, said: “This grant funding is truly a game changer. We have been looking at ways to eliminate the harmful gasses from our hydrocarbon based fleet. When hydrogen is used as a fuel source it combines with oxygen to produce water as a by-product, releasing the energy to power the vehicle. This means that the only waste from the exhaust is water. Sheffield has one of the highest air pollution problems in the country and these vehicles will help to reduce the air pollution within the area.”