Police cars and taxis will be among nearly 200 new hydrogen powered vehicles switching to zero emission miles, thanks to a multi-million pound government boost.
The zero emission vehicles are part of a project to improve access to hydrogen refueling stations up and down the country and increase the number of hydrogen cars on roads from this summer, according to the Department of Transport.
The winning project is run by a consortium managed by Element Energy and including expertise from ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. It will capitalize on the reliable mileage of established fleets and see vehicles being procured by emergency services such as the Metropolitan Police, as well as Green Tomato Cars and Europcar to support the growth of refueling infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles up and down the country.
Roads Minister, Jesse Norman, said: "Decarbonizing our roads is an essential part of meeting our climate targets. The innovative new technologies involved present great opportunities for our increasingly low carbon economy."
Hydrogen has huge potential, especially for those making longer journeys and clocking up high mileage. That is what makes this project truly exciting. Not only is it demonstrating the technology in action, but it is also developing the refueling infrastructure needed for the future.
The project helps cement the UK’s place as a world-leader in adopting hydrogen technology, using not only British expertise through ITM Power, but also securing further investment from multi-national companies such as Shell, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai.
It also means that hydrogen cars will be able to travel further around Britain than ever before, with new refueling stations being planned for Southwark, Isleworth, Birmingham and Derby paving the way for future expansion.
The £8.8 million grant will be matched by a further £13.1 million investment including support from the companies and other sources. The project will involve the procurement of new vehicles, construction of new stations and upgrades to existing stations.