Ocado takes delivery of hydrogen-hybrid Sprinter

A leading online supermarket in the UK has taken delivery of its first hydrogen-powered van, courtesy of hydrogen technology company ULEMCo.

The hydrogen-fuelled Mercedes Sprinter is fitted with a hybrid system that allows it to run on diesel as well, and will go into service with fresh produce home delivery company Ocado.

It is operating 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.”