The Metropolitan Police Service is trialling hydrogen powered scooters on roads in central London, in a bid to tackle emissions from its vehicle fleet.
The trial, which launched yesterday, sees seven Suzuki ‘Burgman Fuel Cell’, zero emission hydrogen scooters enter service in the capital.
The trial will last for 18 months and will enable the service to assess the vehicles’ suitability for use in the city. “On a broader scale, it will help us to understand where this clean technology could be adopted across the fleet in the futureâ€?, the Metropolitan Police has said
The hydrogen fuel cell scooters will be used by Police Community Support Officers within the Roads and Transport Policing Command and will be based at Alperton Deployment Centre.
The trial is being run at no cost to the Met, with the loan of the vehicles from Suzuki Motor Corporation. The maintenance and fuel costs will be met by a collaborative project which is being part-funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).
Lead partner of this project is the British fuel cell technology company Intelligent Energy in association with Suzuki GB and Cenex.
Commander Neil Jerome, for Territorial Policing, said: “Being the UK’s largest police service we constantly have vehicles on the roads and therefore it is our aim to make our fleet as clean as we can, whilst maintaining operational capability.
“We are thankful to Suzuki and our partners and look forward with optimism about this innovative and groundbreaking trial. Through collaborative partnerships and innovative testing such as this, we can gain real-life experience of how we can progress our ambition and create a cleaner fleet that will benefit London and the service we provide.â€?
Suzuki GB Managing Director, Nobuo Suyama, said: “Suzuki are extremely honoured to be able to showcase the Burgman Fuel Cell and gain valuable feedback from this important trial with the Met.
“Operational data from the trial will be gathered and used to support Suzuki zero emission vehicle development programmes.
“Deploying these vehicles into service with the Met marks a significant milestone in the extensive development of this ground-breaking technology. Being able to release the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell to the Met has only been made possible by the support of a number of technology partners; including Intelligent Energy Ltd, with whom Suzuki has jointly developed the Fuel Cell unit for the scooter.â€?
According to Suzuki, the Burgman Fuel Cell has a range of around 120km before refuelling is required.