Hydrogen Vehicles

Find out about hydrogen vehicles and how they could be used in your business

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are powered entirely by electricity and do not have an internal combustion engine. A stack of hydrogen fuel cells is used to produce the electricity by mixing hydrogen with oxygen. This generates no harmful emissions and water is the only product released at the tailpipe. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are effectively electric vehicles but are referred to as hydrogen vehicles to differentiate from electric vehicles that are recharged by plugging-in.

There is currently a network of 13 public refuelling stations in operation across the UK, with at least 2 more at the planning stage.

The fuel cell stack acts much like a battery but does not need recharging. Instead, vehicles are filled up at a hydrogen refuelling station in a similar way to petrol and diesel models. This takes around 5 minutes and once fully fuelled with hydrogen, vehicles have a range of around 300 miles. There is currently a network of 13 public refuelling stations in operation across the UK, with at least 2 more at the planning stage. The network is expanding all the time as the uptake of hydrogen powered cars and vans increases, and a new refuelling station is due to open in Birmingham in 2019.

To find out more about refuelling hydrogen vehicles and where you can find hydrogen stations in the UK, click here.

If you are looking to purchase a new taxi, there are currently no hydrogen fuel cell Hackney carriage options available, but there are two choices for private hire vehicles – the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai ix35.

If you are looking to purchase a new van the only hydrogen fuel cell model currently on the market is the Symbio Fcell Kangoo H2 ZE (large car-derived van).

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