Fuel Cell Systems has launched its mini hydrogen (H2) dispenser – an emergency fill option for H2 vehicles – with British motoring association the AA taking delivery of the first production unit.

The Office of Low Emission Vehicles has stated fuel cell technology will play a strategic role in helping to deliver the UK Government ambition that all new cars have zero tailpipe emissions by 2040.

The first production unit has been delivered to the AA, ready for incorporation into a world-first alternative re-fuel technical development vehicle, alongside a BEV emergency charge unit – really putting the AA at the forefront of new fuelling innovation.

“In time, H2 fuel cell cars will become commonplace instead of unusual. Breakdown recovery vans will need to offer the equivalent of a ‘jerry can’ of fuel for stranded H2 vehicles and the Mini Hydrogen Dispenser from Fuel Cell Systems meets this need,” Fuel Cell Systems explained.

“Breakdown companies already have fast-charge options for battery electric vehicles. The unit can dispense around 60 bar of H2, providing 30-40 miles of additional range.”

Funded by Innovate UK, the project was led by Beth Dawson, Major Projects Manager at Fuel Cell Systems, who commented, “We are delighted that the AA has agreed to incorporate this unit into their technical development vehicle. The support from the Innovate UK family has also been invaluable throughout the product development.”

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Source: Fuel Cell Systems