London launches Europe-wide hydrogen vehicles project


The Mayor of London’s office has signed a £31 million deal with car manufacturers, hydrogen fuel suppliers and energy consultants to establish the infrastructure to support hydrogen powered vehicles across Europe.

The Hyfive project will see new hydrogen refuelling stations built in London, Aarhus, Odense and Innsbruck, and leading car manufacturers including BMW, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota have agreed to produce 110 hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles that will be market ready by the time the fuel stations are operational in 2015.

The project eventually aims to develop a network of refuelling stations across Europe, and get more hydrogen powered vehicles on the road in the long term. This ties in to London’s plans for an ultra-low emissions zone to be established by 2020, which will restrict areas of Central London to vehicles with zero or near-zero exhaust emissions.


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