First Hydrogen United Kingdom Refuelling Station Opens -
The first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK has been opened by the catalyst project and is designed to prepare the market for the introduction of Fuel Cell Vehicles in the coming years.
With the growth of the electric car industry in the United States on a massive incline, it was only a matter of time before the technology would find its way to Europe.
Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles has launched a new program that aims to bring fuel cell cars out onto the road and provide the power needed to charge them up while keeping the balance between the number of cars and charging stations the same.
The project has 15 partner car-makers, including BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, who plan to deploy 185 FCEVs between them.
In addition, it will see the creation of hydrogen refuelling station clusters in three parts of Europe linked with 12 existing stations to support these vehicles.
ITM power was the first to launch the new facility in the city of London and is located in the National Physical laboratory in Paddington and it can be used for both commercial and private vehicles.
There are plans by the government to open 12 of these new fuel stations across the country by the end of the year with the sites producing the hydrogen on-site, rather than having it delivered.
The government has also announced a £2 Million fund to support the new roll-out of fuel cell vehicles and it is thought that one of the first people to get access to these new fleets will be the emergency services and local councils.
The target for making every vehicle in the country Zero Emission is currently 2050 and with the launch of these new stations so early in the campaign, things are looking up.
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