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UK launches new hydrogen cars projectBack

A new project has just been launched which will see fuel cell cars powered by hydrogen introduced to the roads as early as 2015.

The initiative, launched by the UK government and thirteen other companies, is aimed at trying to make hydrogen-powered cars a commercial success.

The UK is taking a major part in the production of these vehicles for the global markets and has named the initiative UKH2Mobility. In addition to several car manufacturers, the project is also being backed by utility, gas and infrastructure companies as well as three government departments.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are increasingly being recognised as one of the viable options as we move to a lower carbon motoring future.”

“UKH2Mobility will bring together industry expertise to establish the UK as a serious global player in the manufacture and use of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and the supporting infrastructure,” he continued.

The incentive behind the production of fuel cell vehicles is to attempt to dramatically cut CO2 emissions in cars, gases which are becoming increasingly harmful to the environment. It has been reported that the task force will also make a decision on the level of investment required in order to make fuel cell cars attractive to consumers.

Hydrogen-powered cars are powered by a fuel cell which extracts oxygen from the air and combines it with hydrogen contained in a tank, to create electricity. The electricity powers the electric motors which turn the car’s wheels.

Unlike battery powered electric vehicles, hydrogen powered cars are not restrained to a limited range of batteries and are created to produce no emissions or harmful gases, which makes them a highly appealing alternative choice of car for the future.

It is also hoped that the new project will help create new jobs and boost the economy through the commercialisation of hydrogen powered motoring.

Jerry Hardcastle, Nissan’s head of vehicle design and development said: “Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles… could represent a large segment of the UK [car] market in the coming years.”

“This is an important step for the automotive sector towards the development of clean vehicle technologies and zero emission mobility.”


Posted by Leana Kell on 18/01/2012