The Aberdeen, Scotland City Council is offering a Hyundai Tucson ix35 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to their car-sharing club members to test drive. This is believed to be the first time in the world that a car-sharing club has been given this opportunity.
ITM Power has offered their H-Fuel mobile hydrogen refueling station to refuel the vehicles with on-demand hydrogen. Refueling with compressed hydrogen gas takes about 4 minutes and gives the Hyundai a range of over 300 miles.
According to Chief Executive of the Aberdeen City Council Valerie Watts, “This is a major coup for Aberdeen and testament to the efforts of the enterprise, planning and infrastructure officers involved …
“…It is really encouraging that Hyundai recognises the city’s ambitious determination to develop expertise in this area and is working with us to promote it as a fuel of the future and fuel celled vehicles as the way forward in transport in the long term.”
I’ve talked many times about how Scotland is high on hydrogen and other forms of alternative and renewable energy such as wind turbine technology. Aberdeen is also planning to roll out a fleet of hydrogen buses in the near future. With this kind of commitment to hydrogen vehicles, Scotland is becoming another bright spot on the map of leading edge clean technology.