PM climbs behind wheel of hydrogen car from Swindon

By Jessica Durston - 6 October 2021

Business

The hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo for the Conservative party conference was supplied by Swindon's own Pebley Beach.

Prime minister Boris Johnson put thoughts of the fuel crisis behind him for a few minutes, as he climbed behind the wheel of a hydrogen-powered car supplied by Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach.

The Hyundai Nexo was supplied to British chemicals giant Ineos, which last year launched a clean hydrogen business to accelerate its own drive towards net zero carbon emissions.

The Nexo was wrapped in Ineos branding by another Swindon company – Smart Designs – before being driven to Manchester for the Conservative Party conference. 

Dominic Threlfall, Managing Director of Pebley Beach said: "The government published its hydrogen strategy in August, and sees the benefits of using hydrogen to meet the UK's carbon reduction targets.

"This was an excellent opportunity to discuss hydrogen-powered motoring with policy-makers and those who influence government strategy. 

"It was also a good opportunity to promote Swindon's place at the forefront of the UK's hydrogen revolution." 

The Nexo uses hydrogen to power an electric motor, using fuel cells developed by another Swindon-based company – Johnson Matthey. 

The SUV, which is said to emit nothing more harmful than water, is fitted with an advanced air purification system that actually cleans the air as it drives –  removing 99.9 percent of particles from the air around it. 

Pebley Beach is the phase 1 distributor of the Nexo for Hyundai UK.

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