Glasgow City Council’s fleet of gritters will be running on hydrogen fuel next winter in an effort to reduce the city’s carbon emissions.
UK-based hydrogen fuel specialist ULEMCo today announced the order for the largest single deployment of hydrogen dual fuel vehicles it has seen yet, due for delivery in the coming months.
Made possible through funding from Transport Scotland, the order will see twenty gritter/multi-purpose vehicles running on hydrogen.
Around half of the fleet of 20 vehicles will be converted to hydrogen dual fuel, whilst the remaining ten will be hydrogen enabled from the get-go.
The City Council is currently in the process of securing green hydrogen for the fleet.
Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of ULEMCo, said, “The environmental impact of large diesel-powered utility vehicles is very high in city centres.”
“We are delighted to support Glasgow City Council in its ambition to become Britain’s first zero net carbon city and help to ensure that its entire fleet of 2000 vehicles are carbon free by the end of the decade.”
Ewan Tolson, Sales Manager at Cuthbertson, said, “We see this development as part of a wide roll-out of hydrogen-fuelled fleets across the country, and are really pleased that our first such order is with a local authority so close to our factory in Biggar.”
“Our long history and experience of designing and manufacturing specialist highway vehicle bodywork combines well with ULEMCO’s specialist expertise in deploying hydrogen fuel systems – creating a completely UK-manufactured solution.”