Ocado uses hydrogen-hybrid Sprinter

London, UK: Ocado has its first hydrogen-powered van. The Mercedes Sprinter has a UlemCo system that allows it to run on diesel as well.

The operates from Ocado’s West Drayton site and will refuel at public hydrogen refilling stations. UlemCo says the Sprinter conversion should give the retailer a tailpipe CO2 saving of around 40% versus their standard vans, while also meeting the latest air quality requirements.

“Deployment of this first dual-fuel van represents an important step in developing our plans for cleaner, more efficient fleet operation,” says Graham Thomas, fleet services manager at Ocado.

“We’re particularly interested in ways to ensure we guarantee customer service and achieve the vehicle use levels we currently experience with our conventional vans. Hydrogen dual-fuel looks like an option that can deliver both, and we’re excited to see how it performs in our world.”

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