The focus for most looking at the future of mobility has been around battery EVs. Hydrogen as a source of fuel has been championed by a good number but this has tended to focus on fuel-cell vehicles. Our client ULEMCo however are focused on hydrogen combustion vehicles. To date they have been converting diesel engine commercial vehicles to run on both hydrogen and diesel. But this project takes things to the next level where vehicles can be converted to run solely on hydrogen. This is a world first for ULEMCo!
The commercial vehicle market is huge and there is a massive opportunity to convert existing fleets into zero-emission vehicles. At Hyperion, we love working with innovative start ups in the clean energy and mobility sectors and it is fantastic to see that the work we are doing in finding companies the talent they need to achieve their goals is helping to push the boundaries of new technology and innovation.
Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo, said that the project was a world first, and was exploring the role hydrogen could play in decarbonising the transport sector in a new and innovative way. Further, the cost-effectiveness and ease of conversion with this technology could make it a more viable option than others currently being explored. She explained: “We are hugely excited about the potential for hydrogen fuel as a route to faster achievement of zero carbon emission in commercial vehicles. With this MLE demonstrator, co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, we are showing that 100% hydrogen fuel in combustion engines is a practical and cost effective option. It sits well alongside the hydrogen dual-fuel conversions that we have already implemented commercially.”