Cheltenham-based company Commercial Group has been using hydrogen-diesel vehicles since 2013, reaping the rewards of an increasingly popular fuel option.
A flexible fuel option
Commercial’s vans can either operate in 100% diesel mode or co-combust hydrogen and diesel. With the latter option, exhaust emissions are considerably lower – as low as 59kg CO2/km.
Transparency and training
The company has been extremely open with its drivers and has trained them on how to use its refuelling station simply and safely. As a result, none of its drivers have expressed significant concerns about the safety of using its station.
Commercial’s business case for its adoption of hydrogen vehicles has been aided through the firm’s involvement in collaborative research and development projects. It’s currently participating in an ongoing Innovate UK project with Office for Low Emission Vehicles funding.
The low-carbon potential of Commercial’s vans aligns perfectly with its internal environmental and sustainability policies, while also resonating with customers and stakeholders alike.
Smart route planning
To overcome the challenge of a limited hydrogen refuelling network in the UK, Commercial plans its delivery routes to minimise duplication and overlap.