The UK’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has announced a significant commitment to support the widespread adoption of hydrogen cars in the UK, marking a pivotal moment in the country's transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable transportation sector.
As part of Wednesday’s (25th October 2023) Prime Minister’s Question Time, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to reiterate the UK’s commitment to remaining ‘one of the best locations in the world for automotive manufacturing.’
He went on to say that Government funding has already supported global leader, Johnson Matthey, with a £60million investment in Hertfordshire to develop hydrogen technologies and that the government would continue to look for ‘future possibilities for renewable hydrogen’.
The Prime Minister has previously stated: "Hydrogen cars are an essential component of our strategy to combat climate change and create a cleaner, greener future for the UK.
Hydrogen offers a versatile and zero-emission solution for our transport sector, and we are determined to harness its potential fully."
So how do hydrogen cars work?
Hydrogen cars have a hydrogen tank that feeds a fuel cell. The hydrogen gas and oxygen mix produce an electrochemical reaction that powers an electric motor. It shares similar features with both petrol and electric cars – a fuel tank for the Hydrogen and an electric motor to power it. The benefit is that there are no exhaust emissions - there are only two by-products of this chemical reaction – water and heat.
Sunak’s renewed commitment to Hydrogen cars is an exciting development in the UK’s journey to a more environmentally friendly future. We will be sure to keep you up to date with further development but if you want to find out more about Hydrogen cars, check our blog here.