Hyundai hydrogen cars arrive in UK

Hyundai hydrogen cars arrive in UK

The first UK customers have taken delivery of Hyundai's new hydrogen-powered ix35 SUV, at the same time ministers announced a funding boost for the breakthrough technology.

The deliveries are part of the Korean company's global roll-out of the world's first series-production hydrogen-fuelled car.

In a bid to support renewable road technology other than electric vehicles, £11 million of government and industry funding is to support hydrogen transport.

Business minister Matthew Hancock announced details of the award, which will be used to boost hydrogen transport until the end of next year.

The hydrogen refuelling station network across the UK will benefit from the funding, which will be used to increase the uptake of fuel cell vehicles and boost consumer confidence in the technology.

Companies and organisations already using the cars on British roads include Transport for London, ITM Power and Air Products.

Current range in a vehicle powered by the ix35 fuel cell is about 350 miles, with the refuelling process similar to that of a diesel or petrol car.

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