Teesside Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem

A trial to provide reliable independent evidence, in a real world setting around the Teesside Hydrogen Transport Hub, of the operational costs and benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Published on 24 March 2022

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The Teesside Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem is a UK Government funded project focussed on helping the UK solve challenges around zero emission road freight, linked to the Teeside Multi-Modal Transport Hydrogen Hub. Delivering the Teesside Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem project is a consortium comprised of Element Energy, Toyota, Caetano, Wrightbus and TRL.

The challenge

To provide reliable independent evidence, in a real world setting, of the operational costs and benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in comparison to combustion engine versions.

To design a trial format in such a way that meaningful and comparable conclusions can be drawn, and which can be replicated with lower monitoring and evaluation costs in future (and larger) demonstration programs.

The project scope

Ten Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric cars are to be used in a set of use cases by operators such as the region’s rapid response services, including Cleveland Police, NHS patient support as well as the Combined Authority, Anglo American and Stagecoach. Two Toyota fuel cell forklift trucks have a well-defined operational case at Teesside International Airport, in its major logistics warehouse. Caetano is supplying a single decker bus for use by Stagecoach on existing routes. Wrightbus supplying a double-decker hydrogen fuelled bus for use by Arriva. The hydrogen vehicles will be using the Element 2 hydrogen fuelling station at the Airport.

The operators will run the vehicles on agreed routes, and in duty cycles developed to provide a direct comparison with previously collected benchmark data. Comparison of the data aims to cover fuel consumption, fuel cell electricity production, traction energy, ancillary loads, and regenerative braking.

TRL’s contribution

TRL will lead the trial design and data analysis aspects of this trial, building on experience from delivering the Low Emission Freight and Low Emission Bus trials. TRL will develop its vehicle analytics platform (VAME) tool for automating the processing of high frequency telematics data from vehicles, including using hydrogen specific parameters that have not been included in previous studies. Automating the data collection and analysis process will minimise the need for human intervention and analysis, and speed up delivery of insights.

Acknowledgements

The Teesside Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem project receives funding from the Department for Transport through Innovate UK with matched funding from the consortium members. Further details about the Government investment in the Tees Valley can be found here. And the Masterplan for a Multi-Modal Transport Hydrogen Hub is here.

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