Hydrogen filling station provider ITM Power has signed an agreement with Symbio FCell and Arcola Energy to provide an integrated package of zero emission commercial vehicles, on-site fuel and after-sales support for UK commercial fleet operators.
The agreement is to work together to provide fleet customers with the assurance of a one-stop complete solution including preparation, insurance, site approvals, vehicle registration and staff training.
Symbio FCell, a designer and manufacturer of Fuel Cell Systems and Range Extenders, has deployed the largest number of fuel cell Range Extender Electric Vehicles (REEV) in Europe with customers such as La Poste, Air Liquide and Schneider Electric.
The Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 electric van, which has a hydrogen fuel cell range extender from Symbio FCell is now in series production and offers a range of over 200 miles, more than double the range of the electric-only van.
The van has a hydrogen refuelling time of less than three minutes as well as the ability to plug-in whenever possible. A similar vehicle, adapted to the Renault Trucks Maxity 4.5 T electric light duty truck is being tested at La Poste and will be commercially available in 2016.
ITM Power has recently launched a hydrogen refuelling station near the M1 in Rotherham, and announced a strategic partnership with Shell to place three refuellers on forecourts in the UK. Currently, ITM is building a total of five hydrogen refuelling stations in London.
Arcola Energy is an engineering services business offering hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle and fleet services.
Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, commented: “We are delighted to be working again on the return-to-base fleet refuelling model with commercial vehicles that are backed by an OEM and have a full after-sales support package. We look forward to selling refuelling stations into this important emerging market with Symbio FCell and Arcola Energy as our partners.”