The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) was delighted to see the publication of the Government’s strategy to support the roll-out of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs).  “Driving the future today – a strategy for ultra low emission vehicles in the UK” was launched during the visit by Norman’s Baker, Transport Minister, to LCV2013. The Minister also announced that the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will be inviting industry to have its say on how best to invest £500 million of funding to drive the revolution and establish the UK as a premier market for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). A call for evidence will be launched shortly.

Mr Baker said: “We recently announced, in our Action for roads paper, over £500 million of new capital investment between 2015 and 2020 to continue to support the development and adoption of ULEVs in the UK. We look forward to working with industry on how best to use this money to make the government’s vision a reality as quickly as possible.”

 Business Minister Michael Fallon said: “The automotive industry provides thousands of high-quality jobs across the country and we are determined to keep it that way. By setting out the level of our financial support up to 2020 we are demonstrating our long-term commitment and giving business the confidence to invest.”

 Dennis Hayter, Chair of the UK HFCA said: “We were pleased to see Government’s long term commitment in the ULEV industry. The additional funding of £500m for the period 2015-2020, which specifically includes the provision of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to support Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs), will provide a significant boost to the commercialisation of the sector.” 

UK HFCA welcomes the publication of government’s strategy for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles