A £10 million initiative launched today by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, should help businesses gain access to a new technology centre for commercialising low carbon vehicles.
Fleet operators will be able to experience hydrogen fuel-celled driving at this year’s Fleet News Company Car in Action, the industry’s biggest event where vehicle manufacturers demonstrate their latest products to more than 1,000 key company car decision-makers.
The Technology Strategy Board is launching a programme of funding for business-led innovation to stimulate the development of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, starting with two competitions for feasibility studies.
Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with organisations from the Nordic Countries, to support the market introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure between 2014 and 2017.
Air Products has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into low carbon vehicles, calling on the Government to work with industry to create a market for renewable hydrogen.
International players from the utility, gas, infrastructure and car manufacturing sectors are joining with the Government to launch a joint project to look at the potential for hydrogen transport to deliver economic and carbon reduction benefits in this country.