ITM Power takes delivery of Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle
Energy storage and clean fuel firm ITM Power has taken delivery of one of the first Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicles to arrive in the UK.
The roll out of the vehicles is part of the £31m Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFive) project, funded by the FCH JU under the EU Framework 7 program.
The project will see a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles rolled out to several locations throughout Europe including London, Copenhagen, Bolzano, Munich, Innsbruck and Stuttgart.
The vehicles will be supported by a set of hydrogen refuelling stations with twelve already set up and six more to be built.
Three of the new stations are scheduled to be launched in London by spring 2015.
ITM Power CEO Graham Cooley said: "We are delighted to be one of the first to run a fuel cell vehicle on the roads in the UK. This move helps to highlight that the motor manufactures are serious about rolling these vehicles out, which in turn signals the growing demand for hydrogen refuelling stations."
Hyundai Motor UK president and CEO Tony Whitehorn said: "Making the first UK customer deliveries of hydrogen-powered cars is a huge landmark for the industry.
"Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling-out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refuelling infrastructure."
Image: The HyFive project will see a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles rolled out to several locations throughout Europe. Photo: Courtesy of ITM Power Plc.