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Where can I buy hydrogen and where is my nearest hydrogen filling station?

A guide to where you can find UK hydrogen fuel stations for filling up a hydrogen fuel-cell car

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Hydrogen fuel-cell cars present an interesting alternative to battery-electric cars, as they can be topped up quickly at a refuelling station – just like a petrol or diesel car. Hydrogen cars also offer great range, with the second-generation Toyota Mirai saloon capable of roughly 400 miles on a single tank.

These cars don't feature any compromises in terms of space or practicality from batteries under the floor, either. Furthermore, the only emissions from the tailpipe are water, and if the hydrogen is created using 100% renewable sources, it’s entirely sustainable. However, there are some limitations to hydrogen power.

Firstly, there are currently only two hydrogen fuel-cell cars available in the UK: the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai NEXO SUV. More models are planned, though, such as the hydrogen fuel-cell Vauxhall Vivaro-e, which will arrive in the UK in 2023.

We also know that Land Rover is developing a hydrogen fuel-cell prototype based on the Defender, however that's all we know about the project so far. A version of the BMW X5 SUV with a hydrogen fuel-cell called the iX5 has been unveiled, too, but won’t be available to buy until 2025. 

On top of the lack of hydrogen-powered vehicles available at this point in time, the refuelling infrastructure is severely lacking in certain areas of the UK, as you'll see from our table of locations below.

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​Where can I find a UK hydrogen refuelling station, how much does it cost and how do I fill up?

According to UK H2 Mobility, there are currently 11 hydrogen stations open and active in the UK. Five of these are located within the M25, with others in the southeast and Wiltshire. There are also two in Scotland, but none in Northern Ireland or Wales. Here's the full list:

NameLocation and postcodeOperator
ShellGatwick – RH6 0NXITM Power
ShellM25 Cobham Services – KT11 3JS ITM Power
Power CEME Innovation CentreMarsh Way, Rainham – RM13 8EUITM Power
NPLTeddington – TW11 0LYITM Power
Hatton CrossLondon – TW6 2GEITM Power
ShellM40 Beaconsfield Services – HP9 2SEITM Power
Honda ManufacturingSwindon – SN3 4TZBOC
J MattheyGreat Western Way, Swindon – SN5 8ATITM Power
AMPRotherham, Sheffield – S60 5WGITM Power
Aberdeen Hydrogen CentreLangdykes Road, Aberdeen – AB12 3FT)Aberdeen City Council
Hydrogen RefuellingPowis Terrace, Aberdeen – AB25 3RFBOC

There are plans for three more stations, one at the A50/A38 services (Willington, Derby, DE65 6DX), one at Cavendish House (Prince’s Wharf, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6QY) and another at Tyseley Energy Park (Hay Mills, Birmingham, B25 8DW). There were two in Wales, but these have now closed, as have two previous Midlands locations, at Coventry University and the University of Birmingham. 

Hydrogen cars are as easy to fill as a petrol or diesel one. It takes around five minutes to fill a tank. The pumps are similar to those at a conventional fuel station, and you plug the nozzle into your car in the same way. A kilogramme of hydrogen costs around £10-£15 in the UK. As an example, the Toyota Mirai’s fuel tank holds five kilogrammes, so it isn’t that much cheaper right now to use hydrogen compared to petrol or diesel.

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