The UK government will contribute £2,000,000 to the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and wants to see triple the amount of FCVs on our roads by spring 2017.
The pledge, which will be offered to any business which adopts FCVs, will cover around three quarters of the cost of a new vehicle.
It will also cover a vehicles’ running costs over the next 3 years.
The businesses include those backed by the taxpayer, such as the police force and local authorities, as well as privately owned companies.
There are at present only 2 FCVs available here in the UK:
- Toyota Mirai
- Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell
Both Toyota and Hyundai want to bring more vehicles of this ilk to the UK in the future. The Fuel Cell is priced at £53,000, while the Mirai costs £66,000.
Mainstream Hydrogen Cell Vehicles Still Some Way Off
The pledge comes two years after the Conservative government ploughed £5,000,000 into the development of twelve hydrogen refuelling stations.
So far, two have been officially opened while it is hoped the remaining ten will be up and running by the end of the year.
Despite the investment, industry experts say that the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is still not capable of supporting a mainstream FCV, while public awareness of hydrogen cell vehicles is still poor.
European business manager of hydrogen energy for Air Products, Diana Raine, recently said: “Ultimately, the strength of the framework is what will drive the adoption of these technologies.
Hydrogen is definitely on the government’s agenda. It’s better understood and people understand the environmental benefits of hydrogen cars better than they ever have, but certainly more could be done.”
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