The government is to set out a road map for the introduction of fuel cell cars by 2014/15

The government will set out a 'road map' for the introduction of fuel cell cars by 2014/15, by the of end of this year.

Announcing the UK H2 Mobility programme, junior business minister Mark Prisk said: 'We are bringing purpose, drive and the energy to the launch of this key green transport technology''.

'We know this deadline is tight, but let's get some drive behind this idea'.

The road map will find the scale of production needed and feasibility of the infrastucture required, customer needs and the likely price of cars once they become market ready around 2015/16.Vauxhall, for example, plans to sell a FC vehicle by then.

Up to £7.5m of investment will be made available as a grant from the Transport Strategy Board on top of the green transport budget of £400m to support the H2 Mobility project.

Thirteen industrial partners are part of the initiative, including Nissan, Tata, Toyota and Vauxhall.The 13 today signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a hydrogen infrastructure in the UK.The UK already makes 550k tonnes of hydrogen every year, the bulk of it used in industrial processes, such as glass manufacture.

'Its here, its now, we need to develop it faster,' says Kevin Michaelis of gas maker Air Products.There are four H2 fuelling stations in the UK.

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18 January 2012

Wonder how much it actually costs to convert an RX 8 to run on hydrogen - I presume this hydrogen will be much cheaper than petrol, and once converted the RX 8 will qualify for special low road tax....

18 January 2012

This is a voice of common sense.

FCV are the best solution for long term future.

In the mean time, we will see more and more hybrids on the roads.

18 January 2012

[quote Uncle Mellow]Wonder how much it actually costs to convert an RX 8 to run on hydrogen -[/quote]

You do know they exist already?

18 January 2012

Until some genius can tell us how we are going to make Hydrogen without using fossil fuels to do so I expect complete failure in converting to hydrogen cars.

There is so little progress on making electricity from renewable sources to replace current electricity use let alone any additional demand especially with coal power plants being closed and our aged remaining nuclear plants closing. There is much wailing from the WWF preventing exploitation of Shale gas deposits in the UK yet we will be importing a lot of gas from the US in coming years.

It always amuse me to read how cheap electric cars are to run with overnight electric only costing 3p or so per kwh yet the greenies are moaning about solar power is being forced out of business because the wicked government wants to reduce the current amount paid of 43p per kwh.

18 January 2012

Wow, a govt initiative that's actually on the button. Well, let's not shoot it down before it gets off the ground, give it a chance!

18 January 2012

[quote leojk]Wow, a govt initiative that's actually on the button. Well, let's not shoot it down before it gets off the ground, give it a chance![/quote]

I'm always sceptical when they throw phrases round like "Road Map". First we had "Promises", then when they couldnt be me we had "Targets", it's all too waffly - like the direct line adverts "we aim to have someone round your house within 2 hours" translated - we probably wont have someone round your house in 2 hours, and we definitely won't guarantee it, but at least we aimed at it.

18 January 2012

[quote Autocar]Announcing the UK H2 Mobility programme, junior business minister Mark Prisk said: 'We are bringing purpose, drive and the energy to the launch of this key green transport technology''.[/quote] Great idea, how about re-routing some of the money earmarked for HS2 or Boris's Thames Estuary airport into setting up the infrastructure and more research into ways of producing hydrogen in the required quantities, cheaply. That would be real progress.


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18 January 2012

[quote Maxycat]Until some genius can tell us how we are going to make Hydrogen without using fossil fuels to do so I expect complete failure in converting to hydrogen cars.[/quote]

Try raising your sights - things are looking up...

http://www.gizmag.com/honda-solar-hydrogen-fuel-cell-refueller-electric-vehicle/14049/

19 January 2012

I realise there are still some issues with regards to fuel cell technology but I find it encouraging that the government haven't been blinkered by EV's and are keeping an open mind!

 

 

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