Hydrogen pumps up UK fleets
The UK government is backing a project to put 200 hydrogen-powered vehicles on the road. The Department for Transport has awarded £8.8m in funding to a group headed by Element Energy and including ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, that will roll out hydrogen police cars and taxis, as well as improve access to hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK.
Included in the initiative are fleets from the Metropolitan Police, as well as from Green Tomato Cars and Europcar.
“Hydrogen has the potential to become a significant part of the transport mix in a low-carbon future,” says Oliver Bishop, gm of hydrogen at Shell. “Central to this success is collaboration between the government, energy companies, OEMs and technology experts to create the infrastructure to make access to new fuel options viable.”