As the UK gets closer and closer to the government’s ban on the sale of all new petrol, diesel and hybrid models by 2030, and other countries around the world are looking to shift towards carbon-neutral transport, we’ve seen many alternative fuel sources being trialled.
The most popular alternative fuel is a fully electric battery but there are other fuel sources that are becoming more mainstream, one of which is hydrogen.
Land Rover has announced plans to test a new fuel cell powertrain, that is powered by hydrogen later this year with a new Defender prototype.
Testing this new fuel technology is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s (JRL’s) Project Zeus programme that forms part of the company’s plan to reach zero tailpipe emissions by 2036 and net-zero carbon emissions across their supply chain, products and operations by 2039.
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) will be offered alongside battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as part of JLR’s plans for their new fossil fuel free line-up.
JLR has said that the benefits of FCEVs over BEVs include more rapid refuelling and a better range in low temperatures, which is useful with the UK’s climate. These characteristics as well as the off-roading capabilities will be tested later this year.
JLR say that forecasts predict up to 10,000 hydrogen refuelling stations could be operating by 2030 to serve up to 10 million FCEVs that could be on the roads.
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