Honda’s FCX Clarity Hydrogen fuel cell-powered car has completed the UK leg’ of the H2 Moves European Hydrogen Road Tour – which saw seven fuel-cell cars from four manufacturers visit different UK locations – but with Honda’s car manufacturing facility in Swindon refuelling the convoy at its public-access hydrogen refuelling station.
The station, operated by industrial gases and clean energy business BOC , is the only refuelling stop in the UK for the vehicles: they also made an initial fuelling stop on their way to the start of this leg of the journey in Cardiff.
The European Hydrogen Road Tour is part of a programme involving the European Commission and European industry stakeholders. The project aims to increase customer understanding of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and to prepare the market for hydrogen fuel cell technology and its required associated refuelling infrastructure.
“The event at Honda UK Manufacturing in Swindon also provided for an opportunity to look ‘under the bonnet’, drive a fuel-cell vehicle and see for themselves the latest developments in automotive technology,” said a Honda statement.
Honda’s car manufacturing plant, where the refuelling station is located, then hosted a seminar to promote the benefits of hydrogen, as well as generate interest and awareness of the need to develop a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure throughout the UK.
The Swindon Hydrogen Refuelling Station is the result of a joint public-private partnership between Honda, economic development company Forward Swindon and BOC.