UKH2Mobility, a consortium of 11  car manufacturers operating in the United Kingdom, has released a new, government-industry study concerning the future of hydrogen fuel in transportation. The study shows that hydrogen fuel is to make major progress in the UK and could soon revolutionise transportation throughout the country. According to the study, more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered vehicles will be on UK’s roads by the end of 2030. The consortium highlights that in the coming years, hydrogen-powered vehicles are  to make a strong presence in the UK market.

Some of the key findings are:

Consumer – up to 10 per cent of new car customers will be receptive to fuel cell vehicles when first introduced, attracted by the newness of the technology and environmental considerations. “Early adopter” interest will need to be fostered and converted into sales to build confidence in and support for FCEVs, as the first models become available in world markets within the next three years.

Vehicles – initial uptake of FCEVs will progress as models make their way on to the market and the fuelling network matures. The roadmap shows that once mass FCEV production is established, bringing costs down, there is the potential for 1.6 million vehicles on UK roads by 2030, with annual sales of more than 300,000.

Infrastructure – a co-ordinated network of hydrogen refuelling stations will need to be established, focusing at first on national trunk routes and heavily populated areas. An initial roll-out of 65 stations would provide sufficient coverage in line with early vehicle sales, with the network growing in line with the number of FCEVs on the road to provide 1,150 sites by 2030.

Reference: HydrogenFuelNews


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