£23 million boost for hydrogen-powered vehicles in UK
Hydrogen fuel providers will be able to bid for funding in partnership with organisations that produce hydrogen vehicles to help build high-tech infrastructure, including fuel stations.
The funding will boost the creation of hydrogen fuel infrastructure and uptake of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
A competition will be launched this summer, and will invite proposals from public organisations, businesses and hydrogen operators.
The government will provide match funding for successful bidders as part of its plans to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and deliver economic opportunities for the UK.
Hydrogen vehicles can be quickly refuelled using a pump like a conventional petrol or diesel car, but instead use gas.
They produce only water as a by-product and have a range of around 300 miles per tank, like conventional vehicles.
The government is working closely with industry on the future direction of the UK automotive sector and has allocated over £600 million for low emission vehicles over the course of this Parliament with an additional £390 million announced at last year’s Autumn Statement for ultra low emission vehicles and driverless cars. ■