Monday, April 22, 2024

Farming and construction get green light for hydrogen-powered vehicles

Tractors, diggers, and forklifts powered by hydrogen will help building sites and agricultural businesses go greener under government plans.

New regulations, set out in a consultation running until April 24th would allow hydrogen-powered tractors, diggers and forklifts to be used on public roads.

Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Anthony Browne said: “Allowing hydrogen-powered tractors, diggers and forklifts to use our roads is a common-sense move to help reduce emissions.

“These proposals are an important part of our plan to decarbonise transport in the UK, with skilled jobs in British companies helping roll out this cutting-edge hydrogen technology, making it more affordable and commonplace.

“Hydrogen-powered construction and farming vehicles can improve the sustainability of the sector by reducing emissions from the tailpipe.”

The launch of the consultation comes after the government issued construction equipment manufacturer JCB with a vehicle special order last year, giving the company permission to test its hydrogen-powered diggers on UK roads.

Today’s proposals will expand this permission permanently across the sector, meaning manufacturers can more easily scale up production of sustainable equipment where battery electric isn’t practical.

 

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