The Government has launched the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Fleet Support Scheme; a competition designed to encourage more businesses to switch to hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

The scheme will allow local authorities, health trusts, police forces, fire brigades and private companies to bid for funding to add hydrogen-powered vehicles to their fleets. The fund could bring up to 100 more hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans onto the country’s roads by next spring – the equivalent of tripling the number of vehicles currently in use.

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have the potential to feature significantly in the future automotive low emission vehicle landscape in a portfolio of solutions, alongside battery electric vehicles. FCEVs offer an attractive consumer proposition in terms of long driving range and short refuelling times and with zero CO2 and pollutant emissions at the tailpipe.

The competition aims to support the early development of the market for FCEVs as a technology that has a strategic role in helping deliver the Government’s ambition that almost all new cars and vans will be zero tailpipe emission vehicles by 2040.

From a total budget of £2 million, funding will be awarded via two separate streams, each of which will support up to 75% of costs of new vehicles bought by April 2017 as well as the cost of running them for up to three years.

  • Stream 1 (Public Sector Fleets): This will provide support to public sector bodies for deployment of FCEVs in public sector fleets that are not in competition with commercial activity. It will fund up to 75% of the total cost of procuring FCEVs, insurance, fleet management, vehicle servicing, user training, fuel, project reporting and dissemination.
  • Stream 2 (private enterprise): This will provide support to private enterprises, up to a maximum of €200,000 per enterprise, for up to 75% of the total cost of procuring FCEVs, insurance, fleet management, vehicle servicing, user training, fuel, project reporting and dissemination.

 

The following costs and activities will be eligible for funding. Applicants may choose to apply for funding for some or all of these costs:

  • Vehicle procurement cost whether via outright purchase, leasing or rental
  • FCEV fleet management costs
  • FCEV servicing costs
  • FCEV insurance costs
  • Driver familiarisation and education
  • Hydrogen fuel costs
  • Project evaluation, reporting and dissemination activity

 

Bids must be submitted by 4pm on Monday 4 July 2016.

Speaking about the new programme, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

We are always looking at new ways to make the vehicles of the future cleaner, and hydrogen fuel cells are an important part of our vision for almost all cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2050.

This funding, along with the growing network of hydrogen refuelling stations opening in England, will help businesses and the public sector to get on board with this exciting technology. This is further proof that we are leading the way in making journeys cleaner and protecting the environment.”

Further details can be accessed at the GOV.uk website

 


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  • Don’t forget that if you get the grant we can also help you get further money back through the R&D Tax Credit scheme – a double win.

Thanks for reading.

Stephen Paxton

 

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