A new £23m fund to accelerate the take-up of hydrogen vehicles and roll-out more cutting-edge infrastructure has been announced by the government.

UK car makers demonstrated their commitment to developing the latest low emission vehicles with a special display in London this week.

Shell has launched its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at its Cobham service station on the M25.

The government is going ahead with plans to give it powers to force “large fuel retailers” and operators of motorway service areas to provide electric charging points and hydrogen refuelling facilities.

Volkswagen has pledged to spend $2bn over the next decade to promote zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the US as part of a legal settlement stemming from the company’s cheating on emissions tests for its diesel cars.

General Motors (GM) and Honda have announced what they describe as the car industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company.

A global initiative to drive use of hydrogen has been agreed at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Vans will go electric and lorries will run on hydrogen dual-fuel under a £20m government programme to cut emissions and improve air quality, transport minister John Hayes has announced.

Commissioning of the first hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) at a Shell site, at the Extra Motorway Service Area at Cobham, is under way following delivery of the electrolyser and buffer tank to the site earlier this week. The HRS will open to the public in early 2017.

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