ZEFER Why Hydrogen?
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, it’s all around us.
We can use hydrogen to produce energy in a fuel cell that powers electric vehicles without greenhouse gases, just water is comes out, which means cleaner, greener transport.
The hydrogen vehicles, deployed as part the ZEFER project, average around 100km per kilogram of hydrogen, equating to a vehicle range of 500km per refuel of their five-kilogram tanks.
Filling up on hydrogen at a refuelling station can take a matter of minutes, giving comparable times to conventional petrol or diesel pumps.
There are six refuelling stations across London with plans to build more as part of the project.
Are hydrogen vehicles safe?
Since the project started, the vehicles have been involved in several collisions and none of them have involved problems with the fuel cell system. There have also been no safety problems at the refuelling stations.
Where does hydrogen come from?
Hydrogen is a natural element, found all across the universe, for example, in the air and water. We can use renewable energy like wind and solar to extract the hydrogen we need to use as fuel.
How many refuelling stations are there?
There are 140 refuelling stations across Europe. As the ZEFER project proves hydrogen vehicles as an alternative option, more will be installed to develop strategic infrastructure. At least 45 more are expected to be built by 2022 [end of H2ME project]
Is hydrogen better than battery electric vehicles?
Hydrogen fuel has a better energy density than electric batteries. Hydrogen vehicles are also is more convenient and quicker to refuel than a battery is to recharge, and still cover a similar distance.