Commercial’s Hydrogen Van takes part in brand new industry led programme
Launch of LoCITY
Commercial take part in brand new industry led programme
The first annual LoCITY conference took place amidst the historic surroundings of London Guildhall on Wednesday 25 May 2016. LoCITY is a structured collaborative programme that brings together the full range of stakeholders needed to stimulate the uptake of low emission commercial vehicles. Commercial Group is a champion in this arena operating the UK’s largest privately owned fleet of hydrogen fuelled vehicles utilising the growing network of refuelling infrastructure.
The conference was oversubscribed highlighting the current high level of activity and interest in making the commercial vehicle sector cleaner, quieter and safer.
A number of these vehicle types, including one of Commercial’s hydrogen vans, were on display outside the Guildhall. Of particular intrigue was a 3 wheeled zero emission cargo vehicle intended for urban environments raising the question “could one picture Commercial’s drivers at the helm?”
The afternoon session offered 15 organisations the opportunity to deliver to the audience a 2 minute elevator pitch describing their service offerings and current product development. Several of these are of potential interest to Commercial and follow-up discussions have already been initiated.
With the election 3 weeks earlier of Sadiq Khan as new Mayor of London, there was also much discussion about policy frameworks, leadership and current research to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of low emission commercial vehicle technologies in London and other major UK cities. Results from one package of research that Commercial contributed to as a stakeholder concluded that “enthusiasm and engagement of consultees show momentum and appetite for actions are building up”. This was apparent amongst attendees who left with a real sense of opportunity to make positive transformational change to our urban environments by improving operational practices and though the use of new low-emission technologies.