Study predicts 1.5million UK hydrogen cars by 2030


All the signs are that many Ford car dealers in the South West and beyond will be specialising in a wholly different kind of mainstream vehicle in under 20 years' time.

A new report published as part of the UKH2Mobility project, which is funded by both the government and various private sector bodies, has predicted that hydrogen powered vehicles numbering in excess of 1.5 million may be on the roads in Britain by 2030.

The study, for which Ford was one of the sponsor companies, laid out broad plans and forecasts concerning the future rates of scientific development and commercial uptake with regard to ultra-low emission cars, and concluded that there is cause for a good deal of optimism in the low carbon transport industry.

The ambitious and wide ranging UKH2Mobility initiative, which is billed as a 'roadmap' for the gradual introduction of hydrogen vehicle and refuelling infrastructure around the UK, has shown that, if the expected amount of cooperation is given, the general rolling out of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) technology throughout the country could take place sooner than many may have imagined.

Discussing the importance of maintaining the strong current state of the British car sector whilst FCEVs continue to develop and increase in popularity, Business Minister Michael Fallon said that a move towards ultra-low emission models 'has already begun'. Despite predictions of an initially hesitant mainstream market reaction to these types of vehicles, it is thought that, by the time 2030 comes around, 300,000 of such examples will be sold at home every year, reducing the UK's annual CO2 emissions by roughly three million tonnes.

The widespread introduction of hydrogen fuelled transport may still be some years away, but Ford will endeavour to remain at the forefront of its ongoing progress; until then, many of the most efficient and cleanest vehicles available are the new and used Ford cars at our various showrooms.

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