UK Government provides funding for greener police cars and taxis

The Department for Transport has awarded £8.8 million ($12.4 million) in funding to a consortium aimed at providing 200 new hydrogen-powered vehicles to police forces and taxi firms across the UK.
UK Government provides funding for greener police cars and taxis

The consortium, managed by Element Energy and including expertise from ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, will capitalise on the reliable mileage of established fleets and will provide vehicles to emergency services such as the Metropolitan Police, as well as Green Tomato Cars and Europcar to support the growth of refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles up and down the country.

The £8.8 million ($12.4 million) grant will be matched by a further £13.1 million ($18.5 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.

“Decarbonising our roads is an essential part of meeting our climate targets” said Roads Minister, Jesse Norman. “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 refuelling infrastructure needed for the future”.

Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power plc, added that the project will deliver the largest expansion of the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure ever undertaken in the UK and is a very significant step forward for the UK hydrogen industry. The partnership with Shell, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai constitutes a highly coordinated roll out of hydrogen vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.

The project will help the UK to maintain its place as a world-leader in 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 refuelling stations being planned for Southwark, Isleworth, Birmingham and Derby paving the way for future expansion.

Hydrogen has the potential to become a significant part of the transport mix in a low-carbon future. Central to this success is collaboration between the government, energy companies, OEMs and technology experts to create the infrastructure to make access to new fuel options viable.

The increased range offered by hydrogen cars for longer journeys makes them a good option for those regularly driving long distances, with refuelling times comparable to diesel or petrol vehicles, and emitting only water from the tailpipes.

Fuel cell electric vehicles are powered by electricity generated on-board the vehicle from hydrogen fuel passing through a fuel cell stack. This means they do not need recharging and instead, the driver refills the tank at a hydrogen refuelling station, in the same way they might do with a petrol or diesel car.

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