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£23m for hydrogen cars

Words: Laura Edgar
Hydrogen cars

The government has announced a new £23 million fund to accelerate the take-up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure.

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 competition for bids will be launched in the summer.

The government said it would match funding for successful bidders as part of its plans to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and deliver economic opportunities for the UK.

Transport minister John Hayes said: “The transition to zero-emission road transport is both inevitable and desirable as it will improve air quality in many of our towns and cities. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can play a vital role alongside battery electric vehicles to help us cut harmful emissions.

“We know availability of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure can be a potential obstacle to the take-up of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. That’s why we’re providing support to give interested parties the confidence to continue to invest in this new emerging technology to help us achieve our ambition for almost all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040.”

Over the course of this Parliament, the government has allocated over £600 million for low-emission vehicles while £390 million of additional funding for ultra-low emission vehicles and driverless cars was announced in November’s Autumn Statement.

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