A project led by EAV and Aberdeen City Council will seek to validate the use of hydrogen fuel cells for sustainable last-mile deliveries. The project will utilise the commercialised EAV 2Cubed platform and Cloudframe chassis, which in electric-assisted form enables a 150kg payload and a range of up to 60 miles.
The project, which is led by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and also includes DPD Group, H2Range, Unicorn Energy, Energy Expo and Brussels University, will begin in Q3 2021 and will eventually aim to validate the use of 36 vehicles across seven European cities. It is supported by EU and Scottish Government funding.
Adam Barmby, EAV founder and CEO, said, “The use of hydrogen fuel cells in the last or even mid-mile scenario is a very interesting proposition. EAV focuses on weight reduction, so we use less energy and therefore require fewer batteries. To take this process even further, we’ve wanted to develop a hydrogen fuel cell option which requires a vehicle to have even fewer batteries as the electricity comes from the hydrogen reaction, which is about as environmentally-friendly as you can get.
“We’re obsessed with weight because that’s where energy is used and also wasted,” he continued. “Rapid refuelling and deployment, capable of increased loads with better operating efficiency than any current EV or combustion engine van at a significantly lower cost with no tailpipe emissions or tyre or brake particulate pollution. Lightweight means less damage to city roads and pavements meaning savings for City Councils and an altogether safer and more pleasant place to live and work.”