UKH2Mobility publishes its full report on the future of FCEVs in the UK

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Last week, the UKH2Mobility project published its full report on the potential of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UK. The report provides further details and background to the findings published on 4 February 2013 – Future of Hydrogen Powered Cars Mapped by the UKH2Mobility Project.

The UKH2Mobility project brings together leading businesses from the automotive, energy, infrastructure and retail sectors with government, and provides a ‘roadmap’ for the introduction of vehicles and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK.

Co-founded by Intelligent Energy, UKH2Mobility is a ground breaking industry led task force, which includes twelve industry participants, together with three UK government departments – The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Department for Transport and the Department for Energy and Climate Change in addition to the European Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

Key findings of the roadmap show, that by 2030:

  • FCEVs will be at least cost-competitive with conventional vehicles
  • A network of 1,150 HRS can cover the whole country
  • 1.6 million FCEVs could be on UK roads
  • The HRS network is past its break-even point
  • Hydrogen production and retailing can be an attractive and profitable business, leading to the natural growth of the HRS network as the FCEV fleet grows
  • CO2 emissions (including fuel production) can be 75% lower for FCEVs than for equivalent diesel vehicles, and on a trajectory to zero CO2 emissions by 2050
  • FCEVs will be on course to reach a 20-50% market share, in line with the DECC 2050 Pathway Analysis.

Welcoming the publication of the report, Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “Securing new economic opportunities for the UK, diversifying our national energy supply and driving down carbon emissions go to the heart of my job in government. The findings of the report demonstrate hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can have a real impact on all three.

“It is very positive that all the UKH2Mobility partners will be joining us in the next phase of the project where they will be joined by Sainsbury’s. Successful commercialisation of the technology will require government to work in strong partnership with industry.

“Prompt action is needed to ensure the potential benefits are realised by businesses and consumers in the UK and work on the next phase will start straight away”.

The next few years are critical to the commercialisation of FCEVs and hydrogen refuelling in the UK. A number of major carmakers, specifically in Japan, are already targeting to make FCEVs available to the public by 2015.

The UK Government has stated its desire for the UK to be at the global forefront of the design, development, manufacture and use of ULEVs. This reports shows that the UK’s automotive sector is well positioned to take a role in the commercialisation of FCEV and hydrogen refuelling technologies.

The second phase of the UKH22Mobility project, to be completed in 2013, will build on the fact base produced in the first phase. It aims to develop the integrated business case for realising all parts of the roadmap and address key barriers to the introduction of FCEVs to the UK.

Click here to read the full report.

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