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Transitioning to-zero emission cars and vans-2035 delivery | HMG

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Transitioning to-zero emission cars and vans-2035 delivery | HMG


Hydrogen for cars and vans Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in transport decarbonisation, but it is likely to be most effective in the areas ‘that batteries cannot reach’, where energy density requirements or duty cycles and refuelling times make it the most suitable low carbon energy source.

This might include its use in heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses, rail, shipping, aviation and some specific duty cycle passenger vehicles. We are supporting hydrogen’s earlier development through the Hydrogen for Transport Programme. Providing £23 million in total from 2017 to 2022, the programme is supporting increased uptake of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) and growing the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations.

There are around 300 FCEVs on UK roads today and 14 hydrogen refuelling stations in operation, which gives the UK one of the largest publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations for road vehicles in Europe. To realise the full environmental benefits of FCEVs, the hydrogen used to fuel them must be low carbon.

There are a variety of different ways to produce hydrogen, one of the greenest is via the process of electrolysis. This process can use clean electricity to electrolyse water, splitting it into hydrogen and oxygen (known as ‘green’ hydrogen). The levels of green hydrogen currently produced within the UK are low, although they are increasing, but not yet to the levels that would be needed to support mass uptake of hydrogen vehicles. We are encouraging the development of green hydrogen transport technologies through our £3 million Tees Valley Hydrogen Hub.

The hub will be the national epicentre for R&D trials that demonstrate the viability of a variety of hydrogen vehicles in a living lab context. The upcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will outline how hydrogen production within the UK will ramp-up over the course of this decade to meet the ambition for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

This will be supported by a range of measures including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, as outlined within the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan. Commitment:

We will publish a Hydrogen Strategy in 2021 to set out how we will develop the UK's hydrogen economy Commitment: We will fund the Hydrogen for Transport programme until 202


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