A Skipton hydrogen pioneer has set up a partnership to enable more than 100,000 commercial fleet customers to access a reliable supply of the fuel.

Element 2, the UK's leading hydrogen infrastructure company, is working with leading fuel card provider Radius and its UK Fuels network.

This collaboration will enable commercial fleet customers to access fuel cell grade hydrogen across the UK in the future and make payments with their existing UK Fuels cards, significantly accelerating a shift towards net zero emissions.

Element 2 and Radius will work together to develop a network of hydrogen refuelling solutions across Radius’ existing UK Fuels network and will offer a combination of mobile and permanent hydrogen refuelling solutions.

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Dr Andrew Hagan, Chief Development Officer at Element 2, said: “This new relationship will unlock existing fuel sites and will be a catalyst for us to build the UK’s hydrogen network faster. We target local fuel cell grade green hydrogen made from wind, waste, biomass and water treatment sources and supply all hydrogen vehicle types – trucks, vans, buses, refuse vehicles and cars.

“Hydrogen will play a major role in mitigating electricity grid constraints and complement the charging infrastructure in the UK. By adding hydrogen refuelling on to existing service areas, the partnership will deliver a one-stop-shop for all road users as we transition to net-zero.”

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Element 2 already works closely with vehicle manufacturers, transport operators and fleet owners to identify and develop hydrogen refuelling sites and provide a regular supply of fuel cell grade hydrogen.

It has prime locations across the UK and Ireland and has established strategic hydrogen refuelling sites along critical haulage routes across the country. Element 2 is operating at five refuelling locations across the UK and is in the process of building two permanent refuelling stations along the M6 and A1(M) motorways. 

Jonathan Haseler, Managing Director (UK, Ireland & SEA), Radius, added: “We know our customers are reviewing their fleets in order to meet green transport targets and we need to support this transition to decarbonise our roads.

“The simplicity of service for drivers and fleets offered through our expansive network means greater convenience for businesses. Adding hydrogen to our UK Fuels network supports our ongoing strategy to enable fleet customers to operate as normal whilst transitioning to carbon-friendly solutions.”

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Established 33 years ago, Radius offers the most extensive range of fuel card solutions in the UK, and its own UK Fuels network includes over 3,700 fuel stations covering over 97% of postcode areas.

The Radius group offers a wide range of fleet, mobility, and connectivity services, such as vehicle telematics, business telephony, vehicle leasing, insurance, and electric vehicle and charging solutions. Globally managing over three billion litres of fuel per annum and with 1.2 million active fuel cards in issue, Radius is one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies.