Following the opening of a second refuelling station, Arval has been looking to add a further ten company cars to the UK hydrogen trials. The second hydrogen station opened at the offices of Johnson Matthey, joining the original Swindon site at the nearby Honda car production plant.
Due to the new station, adding more company cars to the Hydrogen Hub project is viable. Operated in partnership with Arval, the project started running just over a year ago and now has six company cars from Hyundai and Toyota in operation with The Science Museum, Nationwide Building Society, Johnson Matthey and Arval itself, providing real-world data to participants but also the wider fleet industry.
“It is difficult to overstate the importance of having a second refuelling facility locally. For fleets, it simply makes taking on vehicles more viable. The reasons for this are simple. Firstly, if one hydrogen station is unavailable, there is another to use, so the cars can continue to operate. Secondly, it increases convenience and the sense that the hydrogen fuelling network is growing,” said Paul Marchment, SME development manager at Arval, who is overseeing the trial.
By opening a new station, Arval sends a strong signal to the manufacturers involved that the company, as well as fleets based in Swindon, were serious about hydrogen as a fuel of the future, which should help attract better supply.
“There are a number of new models coming to the market in the next year, including perhaps a van for the first time, so it really feels as though the whole subject of hydrogen vehicles is gaining momentum at the moment,” concluded Paul.