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News ReleaseAir Products Smartfuel® fuels Commercial Group’s first hydrogen hybrid transit van

Commercial Group’s first London-based hydrogen hybrid van is fuelled at Air Products’ fuelling station as part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) consortium project

March 05, 2014 London, UK

Air Products (NYSE:APD) welcomed the Commercial Group to its Smartfuel® hydrogen fuelling station at Heathrow airport, London, on 20th January to fuel the Group’s first London-based hydrogen hybrid Ford Transit delivery van. The fuelling was one of many to come as Commercial Group will continue to use the Air Products Smartfuel® station for its growing hydrogen hybrid delivery fleet.

Deployed by Revolve Technologies and operated by Commercial Group, the van is the first of a fleet of hydrogen hybrid internal combustion engine transit vehicles that will soon be deployed in London. The fleet will be delivered as part of the Technology Strategy Board funded London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project. The initial van is currently undergoing a test period before the fleet is fully rolled-out over the coming months.

The vans will be used by Commercial Group’s office supplies division, which provides a next day delivery service to customers across the UK. Described by Revolve as a ’specially built demonstration vehicle’, the vans will promote low carbon transport and are designed to show that hydrogen, as a fuel, can be deployed in real life commercial operations.

In addition to Commercial Group’s fleet of vans, Air Products recently signed the UK’s first commercial lease granted by Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, for a new Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to be delivered later this year. This will be one of a number of Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be deployed as part of the project.

The Air Products-led LHNE project will also deliver a new publicly accessible, state-of-the-art 700 bar hydrogen fuelling station. In order to establish a viable and standardised network of 700-bar refuelling stations, the project will upgrade the existing SmartFuel® station located near Heathrow Airport, London, and deliver a new Smartfuel® station of the same specification to another planned London location.

Commenting, Diana Raine, European Business Manager, Hydrogen Energy Systems, Air Products, said: “We are delighted to provide the fuelling facilities that will enable Commercial Group to operate this new fleet, which will demonstrate first-hand how hydrogen vehicles can easily operate in the real world. The deployment of these vans is another important step for the LHNE project which is bringing together all the components necessary to make hydrogen transport possible across London and the South East. We hope that this model will be replicated across the UK and Europe in years to come.”

Simon Graham, Environmental Strategist, Commercial Group, said: “We are very excited to able to use Air Products facilities to fill our London vans with hydrogen for the first time. We have spent many years reducing the environmental impact of our fleet and hydrogen power offers a huge opportunity to lower it further. We look forward to the insights into the benefits of hydrogen technology that this development will yield. Air Products’ expanding fuelling infrastructure will enable us to operate a pioneering low emission van fleet which could radically reduce the carbon footprint of our deliveries while maintaining the high standards of service our customers expect of us. The LHNE consortium is an excellent example of how, working together, business can reduce environmental impacts and improve air quality in the city.”

The LHNE consortium, led by Air Products, will deliver a publicly accessible, state-of-the-art fast-fill 700 bar renewable hydrogen fuelling station network, over a period of three years. The LHNE project will upgrade the fuelling station at Heathrow airport to 700 bar, and a brand new fuelling station with this specification will be built in central London. The creation of this high pressure network is particularly important because the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles due to go on sale in 2014/2015 will require a 700 bar fuelling system.

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit  

For more information about the LHNE consortium members please visit:

Air Products - 
Cenex -  
Commercial Group -  
Element Energy -  
GLA -  
HAL (Heathrow) -  
Revolve -  
Hyundai -  

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies by both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply effective solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more information, visit  

About Commercial Group
With an annualised turnover of £35 million, Commercial is one of the UK’s largest independently owned business services groups. In its 23 years of trading, it has developed an enviable reputation for challenging its market place and spearheading innovation and excellence to ensure its customers, staff and suppliers remain at the forefront of its development and growth. The company is a Beacon Company for its environmental practice, which is integrated into its strategy, operations and ethos. It has ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and FSC Chain of Custody certifications and has been CarbonNeutral since 2006 and Zero Waste since 2013, the first company in its sector to be so.

Commercial is a ‘responsible’ company, taking responsibility for its environment, local community, suppliers, employees and clients. For more information, visit

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

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