Hydrogen engine retrofit company ULEMCo has developed a zero-emission fuel cell unit, which can be fitted to Nissan’s standard electric e-NV200 van to provide additional power.

ULEMCo is set to launch a fuel cell-based unit that will extend vehicle range to more than 150 miles when fully laden.

Using a 12kW fuel cell and 1.6 kg/day on-board hydrogen storage capability, the van will have almost twice the range of the standard e-NV200, measured to New European Driving Cycle standards, without sacrificing load space capacity.

ULEMCo’s fuel cell RX power module will be roof mounted, and provide motive power via the battery to support the drive load requirements for the base van.

ULEMCo CEO Amanda Lyne said: “We are excited to have completed our integration study for a zero-emission FC extended van. This UK-engineered solution will meet the need for a practical small van urban delivery operation.”

ULEMCo added the development was significant since the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is eligible for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’s (OLEV) support scheme.

The OLEV Hydrogen for Transport Programme was launched last week to provide up to £23m of grant funding until 2020 to support the growth of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, alongside the deployment of new vehicles via an open competition for both Hydrogen Refuelling Stations and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.