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Hyundai Welcomes 6.6 Million UK Government Investment

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  • £6.6 million investment set to further increase demand for hydrogen vehicles
  • Hyundai Motor was the first global car manufacturer to deliver Fuel Cell vehicles to paying UK customers in 2014
  • 6 ix35 Fuel Cell on British roads, further deliveries imminent

HIGH WYCOMBE, UK -- March 27, 2015: Hyundai Motor UK Ltd has today welcomed the British Government’s £6.6 million investment in hydrogen infrastructure. The package of measures will see an initial network of 12 hydrogen refueling stations, including a pledge to fund the construction of two new stations in the Greater London area, a new mobile refueling station for the south of England and upgrades to existing stations in Sheffield, Swindon, Wales and London.

Tony Whitehorn, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “Today’s announcement from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills provides a further boost to Britain’s hydrogen refueling infrastructure. The additional stations and package of upgrades will make Fuel Cell vehicles a viable option for more fleet and private customers.”

“As the first global carmaker to begin UK delivers of Fuel Cell passenger cars in 2014, Hyundai welcomes this investment which will support the rollout of hydrogen technology to additional customers.”

Air Products, ITM Power, Johnson Matthey and Transport for London were among the first organizations to take delivery of ix35 Fuel Cell in October 2014, with further customer deliveries imminent.With no harmful tailpipe emissions, ix35 Fuel Cell can travel more than 350 miles in real-world driving conditions before refueling, which is a quick and easy process similar to refueling a petrol or diesel vehicle.

Promoting the adoption of Fuel Cell vehicles in the UK, Hyundai is part of a number of collaborative projects. These include London’s Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE), a project backed by Innovate, and Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE). Hyundai is also a supplier to HyTEC, which alongside HyFIVE is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). In addition, Hyundai Motor UK is a participant in the UKH2 Mobility project that has played a key part in advising government.