Vauxhall has been investigating the possibility of hydrogen fuel cell technology for over a decade now and has presented its latest model at the UK H2Mobility launch.
Its new project is called the HydroGen4 which combines the advantages of electrical vehicle technology with new hydrogen fuel cells, ultimately offering of fast fuelling, long range and zero tailpipe emissions, according to the manufacturer.
Vauxhall currently has over 100 fuel cell vehicles logging around 2 million miles between them since 2008.
With this fourth generation hydrogen vehicle Vauxhall hopes to complete testing and produce a fully hydrogen car for general sale by 2016.
Bill Parfitt, Vauxhall Motors’ Director for Government Affairs and Public Policy, said: “Following our company’s unrelenting focus on hydrogen fuel cell technology development, the launch and successful roll-out of these vehicles will now depend on the availability of hydrogen to the consumer in a real life environment”.
Hydrogen technology is widely regarded as the future of green cars because it includes fast refuelling, a longer range than electric cars can and zero tailpipe emissions.
However, the technology is still too expensive to produce to include in production cars and has not been fully tested in terms of safety.
Vauxhall is a leader in green technology in the UK with a range of eco-friendly diesel engines and a new extended-range electric vehicle on its way in 2012.
Vauxhall’s current EcoFLEX range offers better CO2 emissions in the current market on models like the Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Corsa, which in many cases produce sub 100g/km of CO2 emissions.
Meanwhile, the Vauxhall Ampera is set to go on sale in May where it will become the first extended-range electric vehicle in the UK. This means it will be capable of travelling in electric mode for short distances while still delivering a range of 350 miles and fuel economy above 100mpg.
Vauxhall vehicles are available from Perry’s Aylesbury, Barnsley and Broadstairs.