First London HyFive hydrogen refuelling station launches
The station is available for use by commercial and private fleets operating fuel cell electric vehicles, and is the first of three UK stations to be deployed as part of the pan-European HyFive project, which was funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the UK Government Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The station was opened to the public by Transport Minister Andrew Jones and was supported by Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Renault partner Symbio FCell.
Mr Jones MP, who also announced today a £2m government fund to support the roll-out of hydrogen vehicles in public and private sector fleets, said: “We are committed to making all cars and vans zero-emission by 2050, and hydrogen vehicles have a huge role to play in delivering cleaner, greener journeys.
“The new refuelling station at Teddington is just one of 12 stations opening up this year, backed by £5 million of government funding, that will make it easier for more people to switch to this exciting new technology.”
Teams from ITM Power and BOC Linde will now move on to commission and open a further four electrolyser based refuelling stations in and around London before the end of 2016.
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, commented: “We are extremely pleased to have launched the first of the company’s HyFive hydrogen refuelling stations in London providing clean fuel for a range of fuel cell electric vehicle types that are now available from the auto OEMs. ITM Power are grateful for the co-operation of our HyFive partners and for the funding support of FCH JU and OLEV.”