The Metropolitan Police are doing their bit to tackle toxic emissions in the nation's capital by trialling a fleet of seven hydrogen-powered Suzuki Burgmans.
The trial began Monday this week and will last 18 months as the Met assess the suitability of the scooters for the various roles they will perform. The scooters will be ridden by Police Community Support Officers within the Roads and Transport Policing Command and will be based at Alperton Deployment Centre.
Commander Neil Jerome, for Territorial Policing, said, “Being the UK’s largest police service we constantly have vehicles on the roads and therefore it is our aim to make our fleet as clean as we can, whilst maintaining operational capability.
“We are thankful to Suzuki and our partners and look forward with optimism about this innovative and groundbreaking trial. Through collaborative partnerships and innovative testing such as this, we can gain real-life experience of how we can progress our ambition and create a cleaner fleet that will benefit London and the service we provide.”
Suzuki have loaned the scooter to the Met at no extra cost, while the maintenance costs will be met by a collaborative project which is being part-funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).
Suzuki GB Managing Director, Nobuo Suyama, expressed his gratitude to the fleet trial partners, saying, “Suzuki are extremely honoured to be able to showcase the Burgman Fuel Cell and gain valuable feedback from this important trial with the Met.
“Operational data from the trial will be gathered and used to support Suzuki zero emission vehicle development programmes.
“Deploying these vehicles into service with the Met marks a significant milestone in the extensive development of this ground-breaking technology. Being able to release the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell to the Met has only been made possible by the support of a number of technology partners; including Intelligent Energy Ltd, with whom Suzuki has jointly developed the Fuel Cell unit for the scooter.”
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