UK gets first hydrogen refueling station, even without H2 carsIn Automobile
UK drivers wishing to skip battery electric vehicles while maintaining “zero-emissions” motoring now have a new alternative since Honda has opened the UK’s first public-access hydrogen refueling station. Ironically, no automakers offer a fuel cell vehicle in the UK, not even Honda.
At the moment, Honda has “no plans” to sell the FCX Clarity in the UK, so we’d argue the hydrogen fueling station is pointless, but Honda says it’s not. The Japanese automaker sees the station – located at Honda’s Swindon facility and paid for by chemicals company BOC – as a rally cry to the government to kick start a hydrogen infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Honda’s chief of electrical powertrain development, Thomas Brachmann, says fuel cell vehicles meet “environmental demands but also deliver the range and performance that customers expect.” Perhaps Honda is making sure the UK is ready for future, which the automaker claims will include the “ultimate transport solution” (in other words, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles).