To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the publication, Driving success—a strategy for growth and sustainability in the UK automotive sector, published in July 2013, what progress UKH2 Mobility made in producing a business case for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles by the end of 2013; and if he will make a statement.
UKH2Mobility is a joint industry-Government project in which three Government Departments (BIS, DECC and DFT through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles) have been participating. The project aims to evaluate the potential for hydrogen for passenger vehicle transport in the UK and to identify what it will take to position the UK as an early market for the commercial deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles from 2015.
Following the completion of the evaluation phase and publication of the report in February 2013, UKH2Mobility has been working in Phase 2 to develop a potential business plan for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and the associated refuelling infrastructure in the UK. Key areas of work have included improving the understanding of the early customer proposition, developing options for securing the initial investment in hydrogen refuelling stations, and identifying mechanisms to ensure a pathway to production of green hydrogen.
The UKH2Mobility project has developed an outline business plan, as targeted by end 2013. This includes some potential options and choices for both Government and industry stakeholders and these will be considered by participants over the next few months.
In addition, the Government have launched a call for evidence on measures to support the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles in 2015-20, using the additional £500 million committed in this year's spending round. Any support from Government for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and the associated refuelling infrastructure will be determined in the context of that wider package of support.