NPROXX powering London’s first hydrogen ambulance

NPROXX powering London’s first hydrogen ambulance

London’s first hydrogen-powered ambulance will utilise an NPROXX hydrogen storage tank system capable of storing up to 8kg of compressed gas at a nominal pressure of 350 bar.

The new zero-emission ambulance is expected to be delivered to the London NHS Trust service this autumn by ULEMCo and partners.

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NPROXX has worked closely with ULEMCo to assist in the design of the conversion, deriving a design solution that places the hydrogen storage tank in the roof space of the ambulance.

This will give the ambulance a payload of up to 900kg while offering a low-floor chassis for easy patient access.

Named ZERRO, the prototype vehicle will be powered by a combination of a 30kW fuel cell with NPROXX’s type IV pressure vessel and a 400V 92kWh battery.

The fuel cell will act as a range-extender to charge the battery when needed and will give the ZEROO an expected average daily range of 200 miles and a top speed of 90mph.

Philipp Breuer, Sales Manager (Automotive & Heavy-Duty Vehicles) at NPROXX, said, “Emergency ambulances need to be ready to go at any time, so speed of re-fuelling and range are key factors when looking to transition these vehicles to a decarbonised energy source.

“This project is designed to show that a hydrogen fuel cell solution can offer a clear advantage over battery electric power alone.

“We expect that this ambulance will be able to travel significantly further and refuel faster than a battery-powered equivalent.”

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