It is important that the development of the Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) network strikes a balance between maximising customer convenience (and thereby Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) uptake) and minimising the investment required.
Consumers require both local availability and national coverage, and the quantitative survey showed them to be significantly more receptive to FCEVs if they have access to more than one HRS locally. Detailed spatial modelling identified those locations that deliver the greatest customer benefit. It showed that a roll-out targeting particular areas of population concentration and the national trunk routes is the most efficient early strategy.
The analysis and network modelling undertaken within the project indicated that 65 stations across the UK could provide sufficient initial coverage to start the market, covering major population centres (with more than one HRS) and connecting roads (see Figure 2).