Government Announces Investment Fund to Enhance UK’s Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure

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Cars, vans and even trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology may eventually become a common sight on the roads of the UK, but this day is unlikely to come until the individuals and businesses that choose to use this type of vehicle can be sure that they will be given ample opportunity to refuel in any region.

The infrastructure to support hydrogen-powered vehicles is still in its infancy, but good news came this week when the government confirmed that it will be injecting £23 million into the industry to give it a much needed boost, according to Auto Car.

Businesses will be able to bid to gain a share of the cash, with the companies which provide fuel for hydrogen vehicles set to benefit along with public and private sector organisations which are thinking about adopting associated technologies.

Political Push

Politicians are pursuing this decision to embrace hydrogen fuel cell power trains because they are capable of producing zero emissions and have the added benefit of offering an increased range in comparison with battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs).

A number of other benefits are associated with hydrogen vehicles, including the fact that they should be cheaper to maintain and generally more resilient than traditional alternatives. But with just 14 filling stations currently offering hydrogen to drivers in the UK, there is clearly a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that they are viable in the future.

The Minister for Transport, John Hayes, said that the government is aiming to make sure that any new vehicle which hits the road by the year 2040 produces no harmful emissions, which is something that can only be achieved if hydrogen fuel cell technology is more widely used and thoroughly supported.

The Fuel of the Future?

Earlier this month Nissan pulled back the curtain on a special new edition of the e-NV200 electric van, which is effectively a hybrid with a battery-based electric power train and a fuel cell system. While it maintains the same onboard energy storage as the standard van, it comes equipped with a fuel cell which helps to extend the range, giving it the ability to travel over 300 miles before it needs to be recharged and refuelled.

This is the perfect demonstration of why hydrogen is seen as the fuel of the future, not only overcoming the practical limitations of batteries but also being suitable for integration with existing LCV models so that the transition can be made smoothly and more affordably.

There are still obstacles to overcome before hydrogen-powered vans are the norm, as the upfront cost is likely to be significant even with government discounts being offered. But in the long term the widespread use of this type of vehicle seems inevitable, especially with more funding being funnelled into improving the infrastructure and with businesses getting the go-ahead to compete for the cash to make adoption a more appealing prospect not just in heavily populated urban centres but more broadly across the UK.

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