Hydrogen Electric Vehicles in the UK

  Although hydrogen-powered electric vehicles (EVs) have been eclipsed by the more readily available battery-powered EVs, the United Kingdom wants to position itself as being ready for vehicles with fuel cells under their bonnets.

 

Although hydrogen-powered electric vehicles (EVs) have been eclipsed by the more readily available battery-powered EVs, the United Kingdom wants to position itself as being ready for vehicles with fuel cells under their bonnets. The UK government has announced that it is organizing three of its departments (the departments for Business, Innovation and Sills; Transport; and Energy and Climate Change) and has signed memoranda of understanding with 13 industrial companies.

What’s more, it is kicking in £400-million.

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Hyundai fuel cell electric vehicle—but photographed in SoCal, not in the UK

Said Mark Prisk, UK Business Minister, “Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are increasingly being recognized as one of the viable options as we move to a lower carbon motoring future. They are highly efficient, can be fueled in minutes, travel an equivalent range to a conventional combustion engine, and have zero tail-pipe emissions.”

In addition to which, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are highly rare and fueling stations are few and far between. And to say they’re not inexpensive is to profoundly understate the case, with British-like reserve.

Still, global OEMs are still developing them, so developing an infrastructure is key if there is going to be any reasonable commercial viability of the vehicles.

The OEMs involved are: Daimler AG, Hyundai Motor Co., Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK), Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Toyota Motor Corp., and Vauxhall Motors.