The new Swindon plant is located at Johnson Matthey, home to the company’s fuel cell component manufacturing facility. It is now open for public and private fleets operating fuel cell electric vehicles. The station uses electricity via a renewable energy contract and water to generate hydrogen on-site with no need for deliveries.
The new HRS is the first of two stations in the UK to be deployed as part of the pan European H2ME2 project, which was funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
In September at the ‘Zero Emission Vehicle Summit’ in Birmingham, Theresa May outlined the UK Government’s “Road to Zero Strategy” which includes funding of £1.5 billion for ultra-low-emission vehicles by 2020. At the event, the Prime Minister also announced more than £100 million of funding for innovators in ultra-low-emission vehicles and hydrogen technology. The Road to Zero Strategy is the most comprehensive plan globally – mapping out in detail how the UK will reach its target for all new cars and vans to be, effectively, zero emission by 2040 – and for every car and van to be zero emission by 2050.