Hyundai joins the London Hydrogen Partnership

23 April 2013 #SMMT News

Hyundai Motor Company has strengthened its commitment to a cleaner, low carbon future by joining the Mayor’s London Hydrogen Partnership (LHP). Hyundai and LHP representatives, including Deputy London Mayor, Kit Malthouse, signed the agreement at the Greater London Authority headquarters last week.

The LHP has initiated more than £50 million worth of hydrogen projects, attracting and rolling-out new hydrogen buses, taxis, scooters, refueling stations, materials handling vehicles and fuel cell Combined Heat and Power units to London. By joining the LHP, Hyundai will provide its knowledge in fuel cell electric vehicles, helping to drive development of the infrastructure needed to achieve a hydrogen economy.

Deputy Mayor and Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership, Kit Malthouse said, “Hyundai and members of the London Hydrogen Partnership will develop a plan for fuel cell vehicles, and will plan the hydrogen refueling station roll-out across London. Hyundai will provide invaluable insights and bring global experience to the Mayor’s innovative ‘smart’ low carbon, low emission transport activities. This partnership will help to continue placing London’s economy at the forefront of science and innovation.’

President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, Tony Whitehorn commented, “Hyundai is proud to be joining the London Hydrogen Partnership, helping to create a future for the capital that’s cleaner and more sustainable. Hydrogen delivers considerable environmental benefits and we are looking forward to working closely with the other partners of the LHP to drive forward its widespread introduction.”

Earlier this year Hyundai became the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to begin assembly-line production of the zero-emission, hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. As well as being delivered to public and private fleets around the world, the car is being used by Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to demonstrate the real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology to members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials and other policymakers.

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