Hydrogen-powered vehicles ‘to be in demand across the UK by 2030′

5th February 2013

The future of British roads could be centred on hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), a new report suggests.

In fact, the joint government-industry study published by the UKH2Mobility project UKH2Mobility project predicts that more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered vehicles would have been sold across the UK by 2030.

Of course, this will not be an instant success story, with the same report suggesting that only around ten per cent of new car customers will be intrigued by fuel cell vehicles when they are first introduced.

However, once mass production of FCEVs is established – a process which will inevitably push costs down considerably – there is the potential for millions of consumers to become receptive to this type of motor.

As such, the study forecasts that consumer demand and better production strategies will combine to create annual sales of more than 300,000 FCEVs come 2030.

However, business minister Michael Fallon was keen to add: "Successful commercialisation of the technology will require the government to work in true partnership with industry.

"Our international rivals are looking to steal a march in this area and so UKH2Mobility recognises the importance of prompt action to ensure the potential benefits are realised by businesses and consumers in the UK."

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