The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has launched a programme to achieve zero emissions across its fleet by 2050. The Force is now trialling a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles as part of this agenda.

Hydrogen and fuel-cell propulsion have under attention as a potentially emissions-free alternative to traditional energy sources.

The MPS is embracing clean energy technology and is exploring new ways to reduce emissions via alternative fuel and energy.

Seth Finkelstein, the Met’s Fleet Services Air Quality lead, commented: ‘Alongside our existing fleet of hybrid and electric cars, we want to explore whether hydrogen power could also become part of our future.

‘It is increasingly clear that the role of hydrogen and fuel cell power will play an important role in this journey. We have a range of zero and ultra-low emission vehicles (including hybrids, fully electric, and hydrogen) as part of our fleet. We now have over 500 of these in operational roles. We are striving to increase this number as we move forward and are continuously engaging with vehicle manufacturers around new technologies. The MPS is open to trying all new technology that can support our operational requirements, such as hydrogen and fuel cell power. It should be noted, however, that as new technology is rolled out, there are always barriers to overcome. In this instance, it’s the availability of hydrogen refuelling stations that will need to be addressed to help further the use of these vehicles.’

The MPS has adopted this technology and has implemented hydrogen and fuel-cell powered vehicles within its fleet.

The 21 hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai’s have so far clocked up over 260,000 emission-free miles.

The European Commission has partly funded ten of these cars as part of the FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) research programme through the ZEFER project (Zero Emission Fleet vehicles For European Roll-out).

The project aims to demonstrate the business case for organisations converting their fleets to fuel cell electric vehicles and thus to improve the business case for hydrogen refuelling stations.