UK to become ‘world leader’ for hydrogen as more fuel cell vehicles to hit the market

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First Hydrogen’s green hydrogen van is set to begin demonstrator testing in June this year, as the company hopes to take delivery of its first set of zero emission commercial vans later this year. Hydrogen is quickly becoming one of the most popular fuel sources around the world, with many hoping that it could work hand-in-hand with electric vehicles as the UK looks to decarbonise before its 2050 net zero target.

In August 2021, the Government announced plans for a “world-leading” hydrogen economy which is set to support over 9,000 jobs and unlock £4billion in investment by 2030.

Steve Gill, CEO of Automation at First Hydrogen, highlighted the existing investment into the UK’s hydrogen sector, and how these vehicles could come to fruition this year.

Speaking exclusively to, he said: “I think the Government is doing certain things.

“They’re looking to have five gigawatts of low carbon hydrogen by 2030. They’ve put £240million into the Hydrogen Fund.

“But we would like to see them doing more.

“You look at Germany, €11billion, France €7billion, the US, all very large sums, so we would like the Government to support that to a greater degree as they have, rightly so, for EVs.

“We think this is a mixed growth area, particularly with infrastructure and green hydrogen.

“Lots of major players, BP, Shell, Ineos, they’re all looking to develop green hydrogen which needs to be supported by the refuelling infrastructure.

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“One thing we’re doing with our customer base, or our future customer base, is to provide hydrogen as a service.

“We’ll be looking to work with fleet customers to provide on-site refuelling through portable refuelling so we think there’s an opportunity and a need there to support the rollout.

“We would like to see the major infrastructure and the major arteries grow, as they have in other European countries.”

First Hydrogen, in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems and AVL Powertrain have created two demonstrator vehicles.

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