'Over a million hydrogen-powered cars' could take to the roads

Posted on January 29, 2013 by in Latest News, News

MORE than one-and-a-half million hydrogen-powered vehicles could be on UK roads by 2030, according to a major new study published today.

The forecast is made in an interim report commissioned to evaluate the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and ensure the UK is well positioned for their commercial roll-out.

Produced by the UKH2Mobility project – which brings together leading businesses from the automotive, energy, infrastructure and retail sectors as well as the Government – the study provides a ‘roadmap’ for the introduction of vehicles and a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK.

Business Minister Michael Fallon said: ‘The transition to ultra-low emission vehicles has already begun.

‘It has the potential to create really significant new economic opportunities for the UK, to diversify national energy supply and to decarbonise road transport.

‘The findings released today demonstrate that hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can make a significant contribution to this.

‘Successful commercialisation of the technology will require Government to work in true partnership with industry. Our international rivals are looking to steal a march in this area and so UKH2Mobility recognises the importance of prompt action to ensure the potential benefits are realised by businesses and consumers in the UK.

‘We already have a strong automotive sector and must ensure it stays that way. Opportunities for the UK to take a leading role in low-carbon technologies will be looked at as part of our auto industrial strategy, published later this year.’

The roadmap shows that FCEVs could reduce UK annual total vehicle CO2 emissions by three million tonnes in 2030. Replacing diesel vehicles with FCEVs could also save between £100 million and £200 million a year in the cost of damage to air quality caused by vehicle emissions by 2050.

Air quality improvement

James Batchelor, Managing Director, of Motive, Intelligent Energy, said: ‘The extensive work carried out by the UKH2Mobility consortium positions the UK as a lead market for the roll-out of fuel cell electric vehicles, directly contributing to national decarbonisation and air quality improvement objectives.

‘The programme is particularly relevant for UK companies such as Intelligent Energy in building on our leading fuel cell expertise, developing our local supply chains and in creating additional opportunities for our products. We look forward to progressing to the next phase.’

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