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Hydroelectric vehicles ‘increasingly recognised’ as a viable future motoring option

  Tuesday, 21 February 2012

There is evidence to suggest the UK government is putting its weight behind the future of hydrogen-powered cars as a viable motoring reality.

The government has teamed up with a number of major companies involved in alternative fuels to drive a new project, UKH2Mobility.

The project is set to receive £400 million in funding from the government – a figure that is expected to be matched by investment and hours from some of the leading utilities, gas and car manufacturing companies.

UKH2Mobility is expected to draw expertise from partners such as Toyota, Vauxhall, Nissan and Diamler in terms of technology sharing. Meanwhile industrial gas experts, Air Products and Air Liquide, along with Scottish and Southern energy, will also be contributing to the scheme.

Minister of Business, Mark Prisk believes the success of this project could enable the UK to set itself up as a global leader in manufacturing cars powered by hydrogen cells.

“Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are increasingly being recognised as one of the viable options as we move to a lower carbon motoring future,” he said.

“They are highly efficient, can be fuelled in minutes, travel an equivalent range to a conventional combustion engine, and have zero tail-pipe emissions.”

According to Henri Winand, chief executive of Intelligent Energy, the technology is already there to make hydrogen-powered cars a reality.

He said: “We now need to look at how we can make these elements, together with the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, work most effectively to enable the UK to take full advantage of hydrogen as a transport fuel, stimulating inward investment, GDP growth and securing and creating new jobs.”

Adopting safe technologies to our nation’s roads is important to look after the wider environment. Vehicle de-pollution is an increasingly pertinent process to achieve required levels of materials recycling and recovery as stipulated by the ELV Directive - especially if you’re beginning to ask questions such as “how would you scrap my car?”

Consequently, at ASM Auto Recycling we have invested over £2,500,000 to ensure our sites meet all requirements to minimise the risk of pollution to the environment with recycled car parts and efficient vehicle dismantling.

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