Hydrogen filling station opened

A public hydrogen filling station - the first of its kind in Britain - has been opened by car maker Honda at its Swindon manufacturing facility.

Built and run by industrial gases firm BOC, the new station is expected to help encourage the development and uptake of hydrogen cars.

Filling hydrogen-powered vehicles using the station will take a similar amount of time as conventional refuelling, according to Honda.

Thomas Brachmann, of Honda, said: "Hydrogen fuel cell technology is the ultimate transport solution, meeting environmental demands but also delivering the range and performance that customers expect.

"The co-operation on this project between vehicle manufacturers like Honda, infrastructure providers like BOC and the public sector can be a blueprint for future development."

Mike Huggon, managing director of BOC, said: "This is the first commercial-scale, open-access station in the UK.

"It demonstrates that we can build the infrastructure needed to establish a hydrogen-powered transport system. But even with private and public support - as we have here in Swindon - we need Government commitment to make this work across the country as a whole."

Motorists will have to make sure that they have a goodbreakdown cover as their hydrogen vehicle, like any other car, can run into problems.

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