MPs Line-Up to Drive Hydrogen Powered Mercedes
Minister: Britain should be global leader in the design, manufacture and use of low emission vehicles
Westminster, 22nd June 2011 Air Products’ (NYSE:APD): Dozens of MPs and Peers took a spin in a hydrogen powered car on Tuesday as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL and an Air Products hydrogen fuelling station were brought to Parliament for the first time.
Policymakers, including the Transport Minister Norman Baker, were given the opportunity to drive the F-CELL on the roads around Parliament and see an Air Products hydrogen fuelling station, which can fill up the vehicle in less than four minutes.
The demonstration, held opposite the Palace of Westminster, also gave the public an opportunity to see the state-of-the-art hydrogen transport technology and talk to some of Air Products’ and Daimler’s hydrogen transport experts.
Diana Raine, Air Products, Hydrogen Energy Systems said: “It was great to give the Transport Minister, and so many other policymakers, an opportunity to see this hydrogen transport technology in person. The technology Air Products and Daimler have brought to Parliament today is at the forefront of efforts to develop a hydrogen transport infrastructure for the UK.”
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Low carbon vehicles are central to our efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions – we must recognise that it is carbon, not the car that is the problem.
“I’d like to thank Air Products and Daimler for the opportunity to see the finer details of a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and showcase a refuelling for me. I hope many MPs have had the opportunity to have a look at the car today and become familiar with the technology.
“Our goal is to make Britain as a global leader in the design, production and use of electric and ultra-low emission cars and at the forefront of efforts to decarbonise motoring. Only last week my colleague Greg Barker announced a new £7.5 million Technology Strategy Board demonstrator programme that will help accelerate the adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, bringing them into everyday use.”
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Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. In fiscal 2009, Air Products had revenues of $8.3 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
Air Products is the world’s largest supplier of hydrogen and a leader in applications in the fields of hydrogen production, supply and safety. Air Products has played a leading role in the development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel of the future. This is documented, among other things, by more than 50 patents in the field of hydrogen fuelling technology. The company provides the necessary technology and infrastructure for the hydrogen fuelling of cars, buses, trucks, forklift trucks, aircraft, trains, cell towers and even submarines. Its references include the hydrogen fuelling stations for the bus shuttle service at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the fuelling technology for five fuel cell buses used by Transport for London, supplying the entire hydrogen needs of the German navy’s fuel cell submarines and the largest number of hydrogen fuelling stations in the UK.
Air Products has experience of more than 120 hydrogen fuelling stations in 18 countries. More than 135,000 safe fuellings a year are currently completed at the company’s fuelling stations – and this figure is increasing rapidly.