World’s first hydrogen road sweeper in Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council has taken delivery of the world’s first hydrogen road sweeper to join one of the largest hydrogen fleets in Europe.

The converted DAF truck, provided by ULEMCo, will help the council make emission savings of approximately 30 per cent through its ability to run on both diesel and hydrogen fuel. The council has said that the hybrid vehicle will use hydrogen for around a third of its use.

Philip Bell, the council’s hydrogen spokesperson, said: “The delivery of this vehicle is part of our strategy to increase the deployment of hydrogen vehicles across the city and keeps us at the forefront globally by demonstrating the practicality and operational flexibility of hydrogen technologies.

“Low carbon technology is already making an impact in Aberdeen and we are committed to continuing to push boundaries in the way we manage our own fleet. Our investment in low carbon is significant and is part of our wider transport strategy, with a focus on infrastructure which is changing the way traffic flows around the city. All of these advances are bringing great benefit to Aberdeen.”