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 14 public refuelling stations in operation across the UK, with a further 9 in planning.

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 14 public refuelling stations in operation across the UK, with a further 9 in planning. The network is expanding all the time as the uptake of hydrogen powered buses, cars and vans increases, and a new refuelling station is being developed in Birmingham.

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. It is important to note that production volumes of these are vehicles are limited so purchasing one may not be straightforward.

If you are looking to purchase a new van there is not currently an off-the-shelf hydrogen option. However, there are several hydrogen vans due to be available in the UK from 2021 onwards.

There are currently 4 hydrogen HGV models in development. These include 4x2 artic trucks, a 27t rigid truck and a 6x2 refuse collection vehicle.

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