Energy firm SSE has become the first UK utility to trial First Hydrogen’s hydrogen-powered van.

The light commercial vehicle (LCV) has been operated for the last few weeks at one of SSE’s sites in Aberdeen, which is located next to a hydrogen fuel station.

Will Hannaford, driver for SSE, said: ‘The zero-emission van will obviously improve the environmental impact of our day-to-day operations, but it has the additional benefit of performing well in city driving and recharging its battery during use, which gives it an impressive range.’

Steve Gill, CEO for First Hydrogen Automotive, said: ‘We see the future of zero emissions transport as a mix of technologies to suit different vehicle types and usage, with fleets comprising hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles.

‘Trialling the van in the north east of Scotland will help us to demonstrate how hydrogen vehicles can carry larger payloads and to compare operational performance in scenarios where BEVs are currently used.’

The vehicle will be monitored throughout the trial, helping First Hydrogen’s engineers understand fuel consumption, mileage, and vehicle performance in different conditions.

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