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Government funding to drive hydrogen fleet and refuelling network

Multi-million pound funding from the Department for Transport is to be used to increase the number of hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK, as well as put nearly 200 new hydrogen-powered fleet vehicles on the road.

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£4.3m from the DfT to build four new hydrogen refuelling stations and to upgrade five existing hydrogen refuelling stations

The £8.8m investment has been secured by a consortium managed by Element Energy and including ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, and will be matched by a further £13.1m investment including support from the companies and other sources.

The project will see ITM Power receive £4.3m from the DfT to build four new hydrogen refuelling stations and to upgrade five existing hydrogen refuelling stations.

In addition the funding will also enable the deployment of nearly 200 new hydrogen-powered vehicles, including by the police and taxis.

Roads Minister, Jesse Norman said: “Hydrogen has huge potential, especially for those making longer journeys and clocking up high mileage. That is what makes this project truly exciting. Not only is it demonstrating the technology in action, but it is also developing the refuelling infrastructure needed for the future.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.