Project seeks to make hydrogen powered travel in the UK a reality
18 January 2012
A project to ensure the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles – UKH2Mobility – will evaluate the potential for hydrogen as a fuel for Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles in the UK before developing an action plan for an anticipated roll-out to consumers in 2014/15. The project brings together the government and industrial participants from the utility, gas, infrastructure and global car manufacturing sectors.
Speaking at the launch of UKH2Mobility Mark Prisk said: “The UK is proving itself to be a key early market for ultra-low emission vehicles with growing numbers of electric and plug-in hybrids appearing on our roads. The Government is supporting this market by investing £400million to support the development, demonstration and deployment of these vehicles.
“Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are increasingly being recognised as one of the viable options as we move to a lower carbon motoring future. They are highly efficient, can be fuelled in minutes, travel an equivalent range to a conventional combustion engine, and have zero tail-pipe emissions.
“This country has a number of world-class companies that are developing exciting technologies in both the hydrogen energy and automotive value chains and it is vitally important that we identify what is required to make these cars a realistic proposition for UK consumers.
“UKH2Mobility will bring together industry expertise to establish the UK as a serious global player in the manufacture and use of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and the supporting infrastructure.”
UKH2Mobility will deliver its evaluation of the potential of hydrogen as a transport fuel by the end of 2012. If the results are positive, an action plan will be developed to work through the steps needed to get the UK ready to be one of the first markets for the global commercial roll out of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.
There are 13 industry participants in UKH2Mobility (Air Liquide, SA; Air Products PLC; Daimler AG; Hyundai Motor Company; Intelligent Energy Limited; ITM Power PLC; Johnson Matthey PLC; Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Limited; Scottish and Southern Energy plc; Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc; The BOC Group Limited; Toyota Motor Corporation and Vauxhall Motors), together with three UK Government Departments – The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Department for Transport and the Department for Energy and Climate Change in addition to the European Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.