The Department for Transport is investing in facilities to support a larger fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
It is part of the drive to more efficient vehicles in the UK and this technology will benefit electric vehicles in particular – something that many local authorities are looking at for their own fleet.
Only a couple of months ago, £8.8 million in funding was allocated by the Department for Transport to introduce new hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK to cope with the increase in hydrogen cars this summer.
As part of this multi-million pound boost from the government, police cars and taxis will be among approximately 200 new hydrogen powered vehicles that will switch to zero emission miles.
To support this roll out that will increase provisions for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, funds have been awarded to a consortium comprising of Shell, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and ITM Power.
The latter will construct four hydrogen refuelling stations and upgrade five others to support the increase in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
It cements the UK’s place as a world leader in hydrogen technology and, with stations planned in Southwark, Birmingham, Isleworth and Derby, there will be ample opportunities for hydrogen vehicles to travel further than ever before in the UK.
Jesse Norman, Roads Minister, spoke about the potential of hydrogen.
“Decarbonising our roads is an essential part of meeting our climate targets. The innovative new technologies involved present great opportunities for our increasingly low carbon economy.
“Hydrogen has huge potential, especially for those making longer journeys and clocking up high mileage.
“That is what makes this project truly exciting. Not only is it demonstrating the technology in action, but it is also developing the refuelling infrastructure needed for the future.”
With hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, power comes from the electricity generated from hydrogen fuel passing through a fuel cell stack. This means rather than recharging, the driver refills the tank at one of the hydrogen refuelling stations.