The Revolve Team have been working closely with the LHNE project over recent years - a government-backed initiative co-funded by Innovate UK - to create a hydrogen powered transport system across London and the South East. Revolve were part of the consortium, led by Air Products, that delivered a publicly accessible, state-of-the-art fast-fill hydrogen fuelling station, as well as upgrading a second refuelling station to refuel at 350 and 700 bar.
The LHNE project deployed new hydrogen vehicles in London, including nine Ford Transit van converted by Revolve to run on dual fuel hydrogen-diesel. The vans were operated by consortium partner, The Commercial Group, used for delivery of office supplies. After extensive engine dyno testing undertaken at Revolve, the software and hardware appeared capable of achieving Congestion Charge Exemption, which has now been approved by TFL, with the technology now recognised.
Project results at a glance:
• Two hydrogen refuelling stations at Hendon and Heathrow were installed and upgraded respectively during the LHNE project. The network of stations is now growing, with a further three stations due to be installed in London by the end of 2016.
• The project deployed nine Ford Transit vans, converted by Revolve to run on dual fuel hydrogen and diesel (used for office supplies deliveries) and four Hyundai ix35 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs, primarily as company pool cars).
• These vehicles used a total of 1,850kg of hydrogen from the LHNE project’s two refuelling stations between July 2014 and March 2016, and travelled a combined distance of over 200,000 km.
• This project aimed to build experience in these areas and share the lessons learnt with the developing hydrogen transport sector in the UK and abroad.
• The reliability and capability of hydrogen vehicles to meet end-user needs has been demonstrated in a range of uses, including commercial deliveries.
• During their final year of LHNE project operation in London, (April 2015-March 2016) the Commercial Group vans drove over 76,000 miles, with one of the vans driving over 21,000 miles.
• At almost 2.9tCO2 per 10,000km of tailpipe emissions savings in hydrogen mode over its diesel equivalent, that equates to over 220 tonnes of urban tailpipe CO2 saved during the project.