Green machines: Hydrogen-powered vans roll into Fife

Fife has taken delivery of its first two hydrogen-powered vehicles.
The Levenmouth Community Energy Project, an initiative designed to position Fife as a global leader in clean energy, is now the proud owner of two eco-friendly vans – one Kangoo and one Transit.
Its two new vehicles were unveiled at the 2016 Greenfleet Scotland event.
Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesperson for environment and transportation, said: “I’m delighted Fife is leading the way in clean energy. These two hydrogen vehicles are the first of many to come to Fife. We envisage Levenmouth will become home to one of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles, including two bin lorries.”
George Archibald, chief executive at Bright Green Hydrogen, which is leading the Levenmouth Community Energy Project, said: “The arrival of the first vehicles is a key milestone for the Levenmouth Community Energy Project.
“The hydrogen Kangoo will be one of a fleet of 10 that Bright Green Hydrogen will lease to local businesses. This will both generate income for the community and give local businesses the opportunity to experience hydrogen vehicles first-hand.
“We’re delighted to showcase their arrival at this year’s GreenFleet Scotland event.”

The hydrogen fleet of vehicles will include:

  • 5 Ford Transit Vans: Duel fuel Diesel and Hydrogen.
  • 10 Renault HyKangoo Vans: Hybrid Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell.
  • 2 Mercedes Econic 26 Tonne Refuse Collection Vehicle: Duel fuel Diesel and Hydrogen.
There will be hydrogen refueling points at both the Hydrogen Office, Methil and at the Council’s depot at Bankhead, Glenrothes.
Levenmouth Community Energy Project is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the area. It’s widely considered as a valuable demonstration of how hydrogen can address two of Scotland’s most significant energy challenges; low carbon transport and energy storage.
Stephen Stead, new energy project, sales and business development director, at Toshiba, said: “This is a huge step forward for Levenmouth Community Energy Project. We’re pleased to be part of this forward-thinking project. It reflects the importance Toshiba places on hydrogen as a vital component of the future global energy mix.”