The company has officially handed over an example of the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) to global diversified mining business Anglo American. The handover took place at a brand new hydrogen refueling station at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Hendon, which is the latest Smart Fuel(R) Hydrogen Fueling facility to be built within the UK by Air Products. Headquartered in London, Anglo American will use its hydrogen-powered ix35 Fuel Cell car for general business use and special events.
“As society adopts ever more challenging emissions targets, we expect the use of zero emissions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles to increase significantly. We are actively supporting the development of this new technology, which will stimulate future demand for platinum, which is a key ingredient to this innovative vehicle technology,” said Andrew Hinkly, Executive Head of Marketing, Anglo American Platinum.
Robin Hayles, Sustainable Fuel Development Manager, Hyundai UK, commented: “Anglo American is an important customer for Hyundai and one of the first outside of the hydrogen industry. The company understands the need to promote Fuel Cell as a viable alternative to internal combustion and increase the demand for this clean and sustainable technology.”
The handover follows the announcement of British Government’s GBP 6.6-million investment in hydrogen infrastructure. The investment will see an initial network of 12 hydrogen refueling stations, including a pledge to fund the construction of two new stations in the Greater London area, a new mobile refueling station for the south of England and upgrades to existing stations in Sheffield, Swindon, Wales and London.
Source: Hyundai Motor UK