So, is hydrogen fuel the future of motoring? Loughborough University in the UK has nailed its colours to the mast, opening one of only two hydrogen refuelling stations operational in the United Kingdom.
Unlike battery-powered cars, hydrogen-powered ones are claimed to have the range, speed and performance of conventional cars, and with no harmful emissions (unless you're allergic to water).
Hydrogen fuel-cell developer Intelligent Energy, a satellite company of Loughborough University, is among the partners responsible for the hydrogen refuelling installation in the UK midlands.
Intelligent Energy will use it as a refuelling point for its development programmes as it looks to build and test fleets of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The facility will add impetus to its research on hydrogen and fuel cells.
Loughborough University?s intent is to transfer its own fleet of service vehicles over to hydrogen. The facility will become one of a number of hydrogen refuelling stations being set up across the region by the British Midlands Hydrogen Forum.
The world?s first hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycle, the ENV built by Intelligent Energy (shown above), was the first vehicle to be refuelled at the station.
The first hydrogen fuel station opened at Birmingham University in 2008. It is conducting trials with a fleet of vehicles. Air Products, the company responsible for Birmingham fuel station, is also working with Transport for London to build fuel stations for a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
For those who came in late, Honda?s Clarity, the first fuel-cell car to be produced commercially, offers three times better fuel efficiency than a traditional, petrol-powered car.
Yup, the race is on (it would appear).