Transport for London says hydrogen-fuelled commercial vehicles could play a key role in the aim of making the capital a zero-carbon city by the year 2050.
Speaking at a recent event showcasing hydrogen technology in vans and HGVs for freight operators, TfL Freight Environment Programme Manager Fergus Worthy said, “If you look at the mayor’s transport strategy that came out for consultation over the summer, you will see that the long-term vision for London is to be a zero-carbon city by 2050. To do that, we would need to have zero-emission transport across the capital by that date. From our understanding of technology on the market, or in development, there are really only two options that would be in scope on that date: battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.”
The Department for Transport is already supporting trials of gas-powered HGVs under the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial, with operators such as John Lewis Partnership and Wincanton taking part.