ITM Power has signed a fuel contract with the Metropolitan Police, in addition to providing an update to shareholders on progress with hydrogen generation and refueling station capacity in its UK network.
Out of a total £8.8m OLEV funding, ITM Power will receive £4.3m to deliver the largest expansion of hydrogen refueling infrastructure ever undertaken in the UK, and the roll out of 200 new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) over the next 12 months. FCEVs being procured by emergency services such as the Metropolitan Police includes the project. In order to supply hydrogen to the Met Police’s new fleet of FCEVs, a fuel contract has been signed by ITM Power.
Jiggs Bharij, Head of Fleet Services, Metropolitan Police said, “We are working closely with ITM Power to roll out our new fleet of zero emission vehicles. The quick refueling time, comparable to that of a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle, and long driving range make Toyota’s hydrogen powered fuel cell electric vehicle an ideal zero emission response vehicle.”
“I am delighted to announce our continued partnership with the Met Police in assisting with the roll out of their new fleet of FCEV response vehicles,” said Dr. Graham Cooley, ITM Power CEO. “This demonstrates significant progress in ITM Power’s strategic objective of providing refueling services to operators of return to base FCEV fleets with heavy cycle usage. Working alongside our partners, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, we are now in a strong position to lead this large-scale adoption in the UK.”
Jon Hunt, Alternative Fuels Manager, Toyota GB said: "We are delighted that the Met Police have selected the Toyota Mirai as the new zero emission response vehicle of choice. The emergency services, taxi fleets, and other return to base vehicle operators are important early adopters of hydrogen technology which will help pave the way for more widespread adoption of FCEVs." PWKD12042018