If 2017 was the year of the electric vehicle, then 2018 may well act as a window of opportunity for hydrogen fuel cells. A wave of optimism and a plethora of zero-emission options have swept across the transport sector, but as we uncover more about the costs and infrastructure requirements of the EV revolution, will hydrogen stake its claim in the market? In 2017, numerous stories emerged, all suggesting that companies with one eye on the horizon view hydrogen technology as a viable piece of the low-carbon jigsaw puzzle. South Korean motor company Hyundai unveiled a hydrogen vehicle concept – set to go on sale this year – as one of the 14 new “environmentally focused” vehicles to be introduced by 2020. Hyundai is part of the Hydrogen Council, which will pledge $10.7bn towards hydrogen projects over the next five years. Oil giant shell is another council member and launched three of the UK’s first fully-branded hydrogen refuelling stations in recent months.
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