A new project has been set up that will assess the viability of plans that intend to commercially roll out electric vehicles in the UK with hydrogen fuel cells. This has been hailed as a ground breaking development in the electric vehicle market, and UKH2Mobility will be evaluating the potential of hydrogen as a primary fuel for Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles. It could then develop a plan that will see it implemented commercially in 2014/15.
The programme will be analysing how prepared the UK is for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cells in electric vehicles on a full commercial scale, as this is a potential solution to completely de-carbonising road transport. UKH2Mobility will also be reviewing the investments that are required to make this technology commercial, including implementing an infrastructure of re-fuelling and encouraging the uptake of these vehicles.
Ideas will also being considered that will help the UK to become a world leader in the manufacturing of Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles, as this will further facilitate the wider economic regeneration of the country.
Mark Prisk is the Minister for Business and Enterprise and he said at the launch of UKH2Mobility that the UK is proving itself asa key early market in ultra low emissions, and more and more electric and hybrid vehicles are appearing on our roads. He added that the government was supporting this market by making a £400m investment to support the development, demonstration and the ultimate deployment of the vehicles.
UKH2Mobility is a way of bringing together both the government and the industrial participants from the gas and utility infrastructure as well as the global car manufacturing sectors. This will boost the recognition of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as viable options in a future that will be low carbon; which is the overall target not just for the UK but the whole world.