Hydrogen buses, delivery vans, forklift trucks and emergency response vehicles set to be trialled across raft of projects in hydrogen-rich North East region. A range of hydrogen-powered transport projects designed to demonstrate how the technology can be used to decarbonise buses, trucks and cars in the Tees Valley region have won a share of £2.5m research and development funding from the Department for Transport announced today. The chosen projects aim to demonstrate the ability of hydrogen-powered vehicles to slash greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the North East region compared to conventional fossil fuelled vehicles, while also testing the range, refuelling time, and ease of driving cars, buses and trucks powered by hydrogen technologies. The funding, which comes coincides with the launch of the government’s long-awaited Hydrogen Strategy today, is set to support projects trialling the use of hydrogen technologies for emergency services vehicles, delivery and freight trucks, and local bus routes, DfT said. The projects are all based in the Tees Valley, where over 50 per cent of the UK’s hydrogen is produced and where the UK’s first ever hydrogen transport hub is set to be built after receiving £3m government funding earlier this year.
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