John Jostins, Microcab’s managing director and professor of sustainable transport design at Coventry University’s Institute for Future Transport and Cities, said:
Battery electric power tends to dominate discussion around zero emission vehicles, but hydrogen fuel cells will be a defining technology of the twenty-first century. This isn’t about having a VHS versus Betamax debate about which technology will prevail, but more about how the two will work together.
It’s a coup for the West Midlands to be hosting this event showcasing how far hydrogen fuel cell technology has come – quite a flag in the sand moment for our region which demonstrates how we’re very much at the forefront of low carbon developments.
The aim is to boost the profile of hydrogen as an alternative fuel of the future. It doesn’t come without its challenges, but it’s the most abundant element in the universe and if efforts and investment are focused towards infrastructure to harness its potential, it could become the planet’s preeminent energy source.
The European Commission-funded SWARM project has seen hydrogen-powered cars taking part in a four-year trial and technology development programme in the UK, Belgium and Germany.
Representatives from the European Union and Toyota will be among the speakers at the event in Coventry on Wednesday 17 October.
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