The vehicles being rolled out are a result of the pioneering £31m Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFive) project funded by the FCH JU under the EU Framework 7 program. The initiative, which brings together Air Products, Hyundai Motor UK and Johnson Matthey (all members of the LHNE consortium) and government departments, aims to make hydrogen vehicles a viable and environmentally friendly choice for motorists across Europe.
“Making the first UK customer deliveries of hydrogen-powered cars is a huge landmark for the industry. Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling-out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refueling infrastructure,” stated Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK.
HyFive will see a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles rolled out to various European locations including Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, Munich, Stuttgart and London. These vehicles will be supported by clusters of hydrogen refueling stations. Three of these new sites are currently being built by ITM Power, which has taken delivery of one the first Hyundai ix35 cars, and are set to be deployed in London by spring 2015 and each will include both on-site electrolyzer systems and 700 bar refueling capacity.
Until this time, ITM Power’s Hyundai ix35 will be used as a commuter vehicle, covering the 158 miles from Sheffield to London using hydrogen. Because the vehicle has a range of 369 miles, it will mean it will only require one tank of hydrogen to make this round trip. The vehicle refueler will be located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, very close to exit 33 of the M1 junction with the M18. Planning permission for the site has been granted and the commissioning process is now underway.
Source: ITM Power