While the trade in the new breed of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to struggle along, fleet managers looking to find a good alternative to diesel guzzling vans can take comfort in the news that hydrogen powered vehicles will soon be a viable alternative.
Visitors to the All Energy conference in Aberdeen this week have been treated to a glimpse of the future for motoring in the UK, and it seems more likely than ever that fleet managers will be arranging commercial vehicle insurance for hydrogen powered vans before EVs get a foothold in the market.
On display at the Aberdeen show this week was a mobile hydrogen filling station launched by innovative company ITM Power. All of a sudden this sort of invention brings the possibility of hydrogen powered vehicles so much closer, and with it comes the prospect of real green energy and much cheaper motoring. Experts believe hydrogen would cost an almost unbelievably low price of around 24p per litre and as an extra bonus hydrogen powered cars are so much cleaner than EVs in emissions.
The production of hydrogen is not dependent on the use of fossil fuels in the way electricity produced for EVs are, and of course the only by-product of burning hydrogen is water. Undeniably hydrogen cars have impressive green credentials.
Hyundai have already unveiled their hydrogen powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell prototype and insist they will be producing 10,000 hydrogen powered vehicles by 2015. Of course the big clincher for Hydrogen powered cars may be their range and speed. There are no worries at all about running out of power with an hydrogen car; a full tank will give about 350 miles of driving very similar to a conventional motor and they are capable of travelling up to 100 mph. They have certainly been a hit at the All Energy conference, with Aberdeen Council Leader, Barney Crockett, observing “The Hyundai cars were in great demand and ITM Power’s mobile refuelling station went a long way to dispel the myth that the infrastructure required to power this type of vehicle is years away.”