Hydrogen fuel could transform transportation in the UKFebruary 11, 2013
Study forecasts the rise of hydrogen fuel
UKH2Mobility, a consortium of 11 automakers operating in the United Kingdom, has released a new, government-industry study concerning the future of hydrogen fuel in transportation. The study suggests that hydrogen fuel is on the verge of making major progress in the UK and could soon revolutionize transportation throughout the country. Hydrogen is already strongly supported by the auto industry, but is only now beginning to see signs of acceptance among consumers.
Study predicts more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered vehicles to be active in the UK
According to the UKH2Mobility study, more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered vehicles will be on the nation’s roads by the end of 2030. The organization itself has been working tirelessly to promote the adoption of hydrogen vehicles, while automakers have been supporting the development of the United Kingdom’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The consortium notes that the transition away from traditional vehicles has already begun with consumers showing more interest in battery-electrics. In the coming years, hydrogen-powered vehicles are expected to etch out a strong presence in the UK market.
Early adopters may be won over by new technology and environmental friendliness
The study suggests that 10% of new car consumers in the UK will be receptive of hydrogen fuel for their vehicles. The environmental aspects of these vehicles is expected to sway the conscious of consumers, while the exoticism of fuel cell technology is likely to foster some appeal as well. Early adopters will need to have strong, positive experiences with hydrogen-powered vehicles in order for confidence in the market to be established.
Infrastructure continues to cause concerns
Concerns regarding a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure are still serious, despite the growth of the country’s infrastructure over the past two years. Most of the UK’s hydrogen fuel station are located in London, making hydrogen-powered vehicles only viable in a city where personal vehicles are not always considered a benefit. UKH2Mobility expects the country’s infrastructure to continue to expand over the next few years, reaching a point where it can be considered viable by 2030.