Commercial Vehicles







Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Vehicles & Fleets

Commercial vehicles must meet demanding duty cycles, typically running long-days and covering many miles carrying significant loads. Arcola Energy hydrogen fuel cell powertrains enable a zero-emission vehicles capable of direct replacement of diesel vehicles.

At Arcola Energy, we believe that commercial vehicles are an important opportunity for hydrogen and fuel cells, probably more so than passenger cars, with cities imposing stricter air quality restrictions on businesses and the increasingly urgent drive for decarbonisation.


A hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) has an electric drive, just like a battery electric vehicle. As for battery vehicles, that means high efficiency and also energy recovered from regenerative braking.

But on an FCEV the energy is stored as hydrogen in high pressure tanks and converted to electricity by a fuel cell. As hydrogen stored this way has much more energy by weight than batteries, it is possible to build a zero emission vehicle with much greater range or much longer time between refuelling without compromising on payload. And as refuelling only takes about 5 minutes, the result is an efficient, high performance zero emission vehicle that can do the job required in a busy fleet.

At a fleet level, the benefits are even greater. Hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is cost effective for large fleets and scales better than electric charging. So for a fleet operator, hydrogen means flexible vehicles, fast refuelling and practical operations, very similar to existing fleets.

Arcola's A-Drive technology platform is adaptable to the performance of duty cycle requirements of a wide range of commercial vehicle classes and we are working with customers and manufacturers to bring a range of vehicle products to market.

And as we support the largest fleet of hydrogen FCEV commercial vehicles in the UK we have the experience to ensure successful deployment and operation of hydrogen fleets.


Vehicle Integration & Homologation

Converting vehicles to hydrogen technologies is particularly attractive for fleets with defined routes and a ‘return-to-base’ strategy to optimise the deployment of refuelling infrastructure. 

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Zero-Emission Powertrain Development

At the design stage, Arcola has leading capability and real-world experience in the technology, performance, integration, safety and compliance factors in developing zero-emission vehicles.

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Powertrain Modelling and Vehicle Design

Arcola's powertrain modelling allows us to We define and interrogate fuel cell and battery sizing, heat recovery and power management strategies against real vehicle duty cycles with the modelling already validated against on-road performance. 

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