The London Hydrogen Partnership (LHP) has launched an open tender for the acquisition of about 60 more hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles. In February, Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, announced that he wanted to introduced 70 more hydrogen-fueled vehicles to the city by 2010. (Earlier post.)
The new tender solicits proposals for the supply of up to 60 hydrogen cars, vans, motorbikes and other vehicle types (the procurement of 9 buses is already subject to a separate procurement exercise) from a range of suppliers. Both hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) and fuel-cell technology will be considered.
The vehicles will be operated by London’s public-sector fleets, with a focus on Central London operation. London will construct dedicated hydrogen refuelling facilities within the city to support this project. LHP will consider vehicles of all types, and likely will choose more than one supplier.
London currently has 3 fuel cell buses operating daily.
LHP formed in April 2002 to work towards a hydrogen economy for London and the UK. Its mission is to:
Produce and implement the London Hydrogen Action Plan as a route map for clean energy.
Establish and maintain dialogue among all sectors/actors relevant to the hydrogen economy.
Disseminate relevant materials; and
Provide a platform for funding bids and initiation of projects.