The Londoners who choose to rely on hydrogen-powered cars have now access to a new refueling station, with more to come.
ITM Power, an energy storage and clean fuel company, have officially launched this week its first public access hydrogen refueling station in London at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington. The opening of the station has been supported by Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Renault’s partner Symbio FCell, and it is the first of the three to be launched in the UK as part of the pan-European HyFive project, funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and the UK Government.
The Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) is an European alliance that includes 15 partners who committed to deploy 185 fuel cell electric vehicles built by major global automakers, such as BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. The project aims to create a network of refueling stations in three parts of Europe, with six new units to be opened soon, linking them with the 12 existing ones.
Attending the launching event, the UK Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP, announced a 2-million-pound government fund (2.89 million dollars) to support the roll-out of hydrogen vehicles in public and private sector fleets.
“We are committed to making all cars and vans zero-emission by 2050, and hydrogen vehicles have a huge role to play in delivering cleaner, greener journeys,” he said. “The new refuelling station at Teddington is just one of 12 stations opening up this year, backed by 5 million pounds of government funding, that will make it easier for more people to switch to this exciting new technology.”