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UK Gov: Britain to have 15 fuel stations for hydrogen vehicles by 2015

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Honda FCX Clarity
A Honda FCX Clarity being refuelled with hydrogen at the firm's Swindon HQ

The UK government wants to help kick-start hydrogen fuel cells as a viable alternative to petrol-glugging motors.

Kate Warren, who deals with hydrogen and supply chains at the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, said the government is aiming for “fifteen publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations by the end of 2015.”

Warren was speaking at the launch of the Britain’s first commercial scale solar-powered hydrogen production and refuelling facility at Honda’s UK HQ in Swindon earlier today.

Hydrogen fuel cells are an alternative energy source that offers zero emissions, making them far more eco-friendly than standard internal combustion engines.

While it’s still early days for hydrogen fuel cells, Warren told event-goers that Whitehall is keen to boost the tech.

The UK government has a vision of the UK at the forefront of design, development, manufacturing, and use of ultra low emission vehicles,” she said.

“The UK has a strong automotive sector, of which this Honda plant is clearly an example.”

Warren noted however that the Office for LEVs didn’t want to put all of its eggs in hydrogen’s basket, warning: “It’s very important the government doesn’t try and pick a winner at this stage.”

Honda launched its own hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Honda FCX Clarity, back in 2008, which has been publicly trialled over in the USA.

Honda revealed to TrustedReviews that the hydrogen needed to power the car would price up at around £5 per kilogram.

On average, the car runs for around 60 miles for every kilo of hydrogen, with roughly 360 miles of travel promised on a full tank.

Jason Smith, one of Honda’s directors, said that the car firm wants to ‘focus [its] resources on addressing climate change.”

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Bob Ballard

October 30, 2014, 4:56 pm

Glad to see this getting more focus - far more viable and practical alternative to electric cars which are a technological red herring.

Hamish Campbell

October 30, 2014, 9:16 pm

I haven't heard a peep out of hydrogen vehicles for ages. I'd figured they'd been put on the back burner.

I can't imagine they've worked out how to economically and cleanly generate all this hydrogen yet though, is that ever likely to be possible?

trusharp

October 30, 2014, 10:58 pm

Could it be that the most abundant, cleanest gas in the universe is finally worth tapping into? Seriously this should have been at the top of the governments agenda against clean energy years ago.

Person chap

November 2, 2014, 10:46 pm

We already have a cleaner option than petrol. Renewable electric, from firms like Ecotricity. They have built lots of rapid charge points in service stations.
Hydrogen needs a staggering amount of development to reach viability.

Person chap

November 2, 2014, 10:48 pm

George Bush took pictures with Hydrogen technology precisely because it was so far off in the future, it stood no risk to petrol, and his advisors knew that. Electric is real threat to petrol / diesel.

lee rayner

January 28, 2015, 7:19 pm

this is correct - with the all electric tesla model s doing 200+ miles range now and two cheaper mass-market electric cars for 2017 / 2018 (tesla 3 and chevy bolt) for slated for 200 miles range we have arrived. Hydrogen costs 3 times the energy to extract and compress / deliver it. We dont need it.

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