Although the technology has been around for a number of years now, hydrogen vehicles that have been labelled as ‘the next big thing’ many times are still relatively unknown to many, and their share of the market is still very small. Compare this to electrification, which has seen a big push from governments, as well as a number of manufacturers investing in the technology, and it’s easy to assume electric vehicles (EVs) are where the future is headed. There are some practical downsides that have been limiting the uptake of hydrogen vehicles over the past few years; most notably, the fact that it’s just so expensive to buy a car that runs off the stuff. Hence, hydrogen has been mostly limited to labs, where engineers keep trying to use it to make better vehicles. “The biggest issues facing hydrogen vehicles in the UK are the lack of infrastructure, the very high cost of the vehicles, and the fact that there is an increasing choice of affordable, usable and stylish plug-in vehicles on the market that cost far less to run, which can be easily and conveniently charged at home, work or on the ever-expanding public network,” explains Tom Callow, director of communication and strategy at EV charging company Chargemaster.
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