Green energy vehicle company Proton Power Systems has been recognised for its innovation by the official monthly newspaper of the German logistics industry.
The fuel cell maker, although registered in Newcastle, carries out much of its product development in Germany and is currently testing a 7.5 tonne electric-powered light duty vehicle, equipped with one its 8kW HyRange systems.
Both Proton and its partner Hermes, which provides international logistics services to the retail industry, have now received the Innovation Award from KEP Magazine for their work.
Ultimately, the development of such technologies could lead the way when it comes to providing emission-free transport.
Hermes Manager Bjoern Peterson, who accepted the award from KEP, said: “We are pleased about this recognition from KEP for our commitment to provide day-to-day logistics with zero emissions.
“It is a principle of Hermes to take a leading role in new technology and to do all we can in our daily work to reduce emissions.
“We are very pleased with Proton’s vehicle, which is performing as required and expected, and we hope that we can use more of these vehicles in the near future.”
John Wall, chairman of Proton, said: “This award from KEP, which is the voice of the German logistics industry and the praise from Hermes, gives us great confidence.
“We are on the right track with our new HyRange product line.
“We are ready to provide similar solutions for electric powered vehicles to Hermes or other logistic players in Germany and the World. We have already received significant interest and enquiries”.