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UK Government announces £6.6m investment in hydrogen infrastructure

Announced alongside funding of £7.5m to boost the uptake for electric two-wheelers, the investment in the UK’s hydrogen infrastructure will be used to establish an initial network of 12 hydrogen refuelling stations, including new stations built in Brentford and Croydon and a new mobile station that will be used across the south of England, as well as upgrades to existing hydrogen demonstrator stations. This represents a significant step in enabling the use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the UK.

In total, seven new hydrogen projects were announced:

ITM Power

  • 2 new hydrogen refuelling stations in Brentford and Croydon
  • 4 upgrades to Sheffield and London stations

Air Products

  • 2 upgrades to existing stations in Hatton Cross and Hendon
  • 1 upgrade to a mobile refuelling station to support conferences and test drives of fuel cell vehicles

Fuel Cell Systems

  • 1 new mobile station based in Southern UK

University of South Wales

  • 1 upgrade to an existing station in Port Talbot

Honda UK

  • 1 upgrade to an existing station in Swindon

The news was greeted by Tony Whitehorn, president & CEO at Hyundai Motor UK, who said: “The additional stations and package of upgrades will make Fuel Cell vehicles a viable option for more fleet and private customers.”

“As the first global carmaker to begin UK delivers of fuel cell passenger cars in 2014, Hyundai welcomes this investment which will support the rollout of hydrogen technology to additional customers.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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