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The AA has taken a radical step in the evolution of vehicle technology in the recovery sector by launching a hydrogen fuel cell recovery vehicle at the British Motor Show in Farnborough last week.
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) use a propulsion system like that of electric vehicles, where the energy stored in the form of hydrogen is converted into electricity by the fuel cell. Unlike conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, these vehicles produce no harmful exhaust emissions. The only emissions are water.
The AA team designed the NEXO to be an operational roadside recovery vehicle. It will carry most of the tools, equipment, and spares you find on the rest of their yellow patrol fleet.
It will be targeted at troubleshooting work in very low emission areas that require repairs rather than towing.
The SUV-like vehicle has a fuel cell system that combines oxygen and hydrogen to create a stream of electrons that powers the electric drive motor and charges the 1.56 kWh high-voltage battery.
The NEXO can fill up in just five minutes and has an impressive range of 414 miles (WLTP), which is more than enough for city work and can potentially handle many of the 10,000 daily breakdowns that the main one sees. UK breakdown service provider.
Edmund King, A.A. Presidentsaid: “Discussions of lower carbon emissions and zero-emission vehicles have tended to focus on battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
“At the AA, we are investing in electric vehicles, but we believe there will be a role for hydrogen and possible synthetic fuels in the future, especially for corporate fleets.
“We want patrols to pilot this hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to see what lessons we can learn from it. We believe that hydrogen could be used for our larger tow trucks in the future.
“The AA Hyundai NEXO could be perfectly suited for patrol work in ultra-low emission areas, so we are eager to put it to work. We recognize that the hydrogen refueling infrastructure is not currently extensive and that Further work is needed on green hydrogen development, but the 414 mile range makes the vehicle viable for our purposes.
King continues: “As part of our ESG strategy, we believe driving shouldn’t be expensive and we are committed to reducing our impact and helping drivers do the same. To achieve this, the AA recently announced its commitment to become Net Zero for our own emissions by 2035, including our greenhouse gas emissions generated by our operational fleet which is the largest source of emissions. direct from the AA.
“It’s an ambitious goal, because there is not yet a production van that can run on alternative fuel and meet all our needs. We have tested many vehicles and will continue to test new technologies as they become available while investing in innovation that reduces our environmental impact. We are also working in partnership with others to help develop the technology that will facilitate the transition to electric and low-carbon vehicles.
“As part of this goal, we are deploying electric vehicles (EVs) in our operational fleets, where we can, and testing other low-carbon vehicles and technologies.
across our group, such as hydrogen chargers and vehicles to learn and understand how these vehicles could be used in the future.
“The launch of our fuel cell vehicle at the British Motor Show today is another step towards our technological and Net Zero future.”