Minister: Britain should be global leader in the design, manufacture and use of low emission vehicles

Westminster, 22nd June 2011 Air Products’ (NYSE:APD): Dozens of MPs and Peers took a spin in a hydrogen powered car on Tuesday as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL and an Air Products hydrogen fuelling station were brought to the British Parliament for the first time.

Policymakers, including the Transport Minister Norman Baker, were given the opportunity to drive the F-CELL on the roads around Parliament and see an Air Products hydrogen fuelling station, which can fill up the vehicle in less than four minutes.

The demonstration, held opposite the Palace of Westminster, also gave the public an opportunity to see the state-of-the-art hydrogen transport technology and talk to some of Air Products’ and Daimler’s hydrogen transport experts.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Low carbon vehicles are central to our efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions – we must recognise that it is carbon, not the car that is the problem.

“Our goal is to make Britain as a global leader in the design, production and use of electric and ultra-low emission cars and at the forefront of efforts to decarbonise motoring. Only last week my colleague Greg Barker announced a new £7.5 million Technology Strategy Board demonstrator programme that will help accelerate the adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, bringing them into everyday use.”

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