The Government has announced £11M of funding to support development of hydrogen cars.
Business minister Matthew Hancock said the money will will prepare the UK for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
The £11M investment will help establish an initial network of up to 15 hydrogen refuelling stations by the end of 2015, and includes £2M of funding for public sector hydrogen vehicles.
Of the money announced today, £7.5M will come from government and £3.5M from industry.
Hancock said: “Britain has become one of the best places in the world to build cars, with the value of those we export outstripping imports for the first time in a generation, but we want to go further.
“Hydrogen cars present us with a huge economic opportunity and can bolster our internationally renowned automotive industry. We want to make the UK one of the best places in the world to design, manufacture and sell ultra-low emission vehicles.
“Government will work in true partnership with industry so the potential benefits are realised by businesses and consumers across the UK.”
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “By 2040 all new cars and vans will be ultra-low emission vehicles and this could be delivered by a variety of technologies, including plug-in hybrids, pure EVs and hydrogen. We want to ensure that support is there for all of these vehicles and that the UK continues to lead the pack in providing the right infrastructure to drive the switch to electric.
“The programme follows on from the work undertaken by the UKH2Mobility project - which brings together leading businesses from the automotive, energy, infrastructure and retail sectors with government - to provide a ‘roadmap’ for the introduction of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK.”
Establishing 15 hydrogen refuelling stations by the end of 2015 will represent a significant first step towards the initial national network of 65 identified by UKH2Mobility.
There are currently 12 industry participants in UKH2Mobility together with 3 UK government departments – the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Transport and the Department for Energy and Climate Change – and Transport Scotland, Welsh Government and the Greater London Authority. The European Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking is also a participant.
Industry representatives are: Air Liquide SA; Daimler AG; Honda; The Hyundai Kia Automotive Group; Intelligent Energy Limited; ITM Power; Johnson Matthey; Morrisons; Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK); Sainsbury’s; The BOC Group Limited (part of the Linde Group); Toyota Motor Corporation.