Swindon set for hydrogen car roadshow

By Ben Carey on April 04, 2019

Swindon is continuing to make its mark in the motoring world with the launch of a roadshow celebrating progress in hydrogen car technology.

Wiltshire business, Arval, will be taking a roadshow across the UK throughout the year, starting in its home town of Swindon on Friday 12th April at Heelis, the National Trust headquarters on Kemble Drive.

The roadshow will showcase Arval’s industry-leading expertise in hydrogen cars, built through its involvement in Swindon’s Hydrogen Hub. The project researches the viability of fuel cell technology for a range of domestic, commercial and transport applications.

Joining the roadshow will be motor manufacturers including Riversimple, Toyota and Hyundai.

Paul Marchment, Senior Business Manager at Arval, said, “Thanks to the work we’ve done with the Hydrogen Hub, we have considerable expertise in running hydrogen cars. It is our aim and passion to share this knowledge through these roadshows.

“At each location, we want to reach audiences that together can help drive positive change, for example, businesses, the public and local politicians.

“We want to show them hydrogen vehicles from manufacturers such as Toyota and Hyundai and explain how the technology works.  Once you know more about the technology, you are more likely to adopt and champion it.”

Dominic Threlfall, Managing Director of Swindon-based Hyundai dealer Pebley Beach, added, “Swindon is the centre of the hydrogen revolution and I’m incredibly proud that Pebley Beach, as a Hyundai dealer, can be at the forefront of this green motoring innovation.”

In September 2018, Swindon’s second hydrogen refuelling station opened at the headquarters of engineering firm Johnson Matthey, which designs the fuel cells used in hydrogen-powered cars.

Swindon’s other hydrogen refuelling station is close to Honda’s manufacturing plant at South Marston.

Business owners and managers who wish to attend the roadshow can register online.