20.3.2017Government launches £23m backing for hydrogen infrastructure
Hydrogen vehicle and infrastructure development has been given a boost after the UK Government announced a £23 million fund for fuel providers and vehicle manufacturers.
Both sections of the industry will be able to bid for funding to help build refuelling infrastructure, including new fuel stations. The aim is to give a boost to the uptake of hydrogen powered vehicles by improving the supporting infrastructure around them.
A competition will be launched in the summer which will invite proposals from public organisations, businesses, and hydrogen operators. The government will provide matched funding for any successful bids.
Transport Minister John Hayes said: "The transition to zero emission road transport is both inevitable and desirable as it will improve air quality in many of our towns and cities. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can play a vital role alongside battery electric vehicles to help us cut harmful emissions.
"We know availability of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure can be a potential obstacle to the take up of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. That's why we're providing support to give interested parties the confidence to continue to invest in this new emerging technology to help us achieve our ambition for almost all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040."
Paul Van der Burgh, President and Managing Director of Toyota (GB), said: "Toyota believes hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can play an important role in the transition to a low carbon, low emissions society.
"We chose the UK as one of the first international markets for our Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car and are pleased that the government is investing in this programme to encourage the further development of refuelling infrastructure and the wider uptake of fuel cell vehicles.
"We will continue to work with the government, organisations and industry partners to help the UK realise the significant potential of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable source of power."