Ready to roll: Testing of hydrogen vehicles poised to start with unique chamber at Millbrook

EXCLUSIVE: The UK now has a unique facility, thanks to a £2.3m investment by UTAC CERAM Millbrook building a vehicle testing and emissions chamber (VTEC). The only VTEC in the UK, significantly is also ‘hydrogen safe’ enabling hydrogen-powered vehicles to be tested, a capability thought of being unique in Europe.

With VTEC2 now commissioned and open for business, it means that the three hydrogen fuel-cell buses available in the UK’s market, from ADL, Caetano and Wrightbus, can now be put through their paces.

This is an important development, as emissions and fuel consumption data are required by the ZEMO partnership (previously Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) as it develops models to help the government determine future zero-emission funding streams, and calculate

Commissioning testing of the new VTEC2 facility has now been completed
Installation of the roller dynamometers in June 2020, designed to handle two driven axles at once

The old VTEC, built in 1991, has now been decommissioned

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