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Government launches £2m hydrogen fleet fund

Date: 11 May 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Government has launched a £2m fund to encourage the uptake of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles within fleets.

The Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Fleet Support Scheme will allow local authorities, health trusts, police forces, fire brigades and private companies to bid for funding to add hydrogen vehicles onto their books.

The funding will cover up to 75% of the costs of the vehicles as well as the cost of running these vehicles for up to three years.

According to the Department for Transport, this new scheme could bring up to 100 more vehicles onto the roads by next spring, tripling the number of vehicles already in use.

The new fund comes after the Government committed £5million in 2014 through the Hydrogen for Transport Advancement Programme for 12 hydrogen refuelling stations, with the second of these stations being opened earlier this week at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington.

All 12 stations are expected to be open by the end of the year, which the Government said is a "significant step towards a national network".

Bids for the FCEV Fleet Support Scheme must be submitted by 4 July 2016 with successful bidders being informed later this year.