Hyundai ix35 fuel cell outside Sainsburys hydrogen filling station
Hyundai ix35 fuel cell outside Sainsbury's hydrogen filling station
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THE first cars have been delivered this week as part of a major, pioneering hydrogen fleet car trial which saw its first delivery of two Toyota Mirais and a Hyundai iX35.

The vehicles have been delivered to three businesses in Swindon – car leasing company Arval, building society Nationwide and well-known charity The National Trust – as part of the town’s Hydrogen Hub project.

The Hydrogen Hub will see fuel cell technology used in a wide range of domestic, commercial and transport applications in Swindon, to help establish the town as a centre of excellence.

Swindon-based Arval is Chair of the initiative’s Car WorkingGroup, which will be central to a range of projects designed to look at the practicalities of operating hydrogen vehicles.

The three cars, which will be used as pool vehicles, are being leased by Arval and are subsidised by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. There are already two hydrogen fuelling centres in Swindon and plans are in place to open another.

Arval developent manager Paul Marchment said: “Leasing more than 160,000 vehicles in the UK, Arval has a long history of pioneering low carbon vehicle technologies and we’re excited to be leading the way once again as hydrogen fuel cell cars enter the market.

“Hydrogen technology offers the driver great benefits, combining a 300-mile range with zero emissions, and as chair of the Car Working Group we are excited to be playing a key role in this exciting project.”

Gary Thomas, Nationwide’s employee support services manager, said: “Nationwide has a vision to be leading performers for environmental sustainability in the UK financial services sector, and as the world’s largest building society we recognise our responsibility to build a truly sustainable business.

“This is very much on Nationwide’s social investment agenda, and a great initiative to our staff travelling between sites in the Swindon area.”

Steve Harland, procurement specialist at The National Trust, said: “The National Trust is a longstanding champion of low carbon technologies having invested substantially in renewable energy to make our properties more environmentally friendly.

“We’re excited to be part of this project, supporting an innovative new low carbon technology and bringing hydrogen cars to Swindon.”

Clare Jackson, Hydrogen Hub manager, said: “Swindon is fast becoming one of the leading localities for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and we’re delighted to see these new vehicles arriving in the town.

“Hydrogen technologies offer local communities clean sustainable energy for buildings and transportation and it’s great to see Swindon businesses leading the way.”

Toyota Mirai fuel cell
Toyota Mirai fuel cell
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