£23M BOOST TO UK HYDROGEN TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
The UK government has announced a new £23 million fund aimed at accelerating the take-up of hydrogen vehicles by rolling out more cutting-edge infrastructure. The government will issue a a competition bid for proposals from public organisations, businesses and hydrogen operators and will provide matched funding for those who are successful.
Currently, there are only two hydrogen-powered cars on sale in the UK: the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. Uptake so far has been weak due to high vehicle list prices and the limited number of hydrogen filling stations in the country (14).
The transition to zero emission road transport is both inevitable and desirable as it will improve air quality in many towns and cities. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can play a vital role alongside battery electric vehicles to help cut harmful emissions.
The fund builds on the launch of the Industrial Strategy, published in January, which outlined plans to fund new high-value economic infrastructure and is part of the Government’s pledge to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and deliver economic opportunities in the UK.