There are more cars on our roads than ever before. A growing number of drivers are recognising the need to cut carbon emissions and address air quality challenges. One possible solution is hydrogen.

Hydrogen-powered cars work by converting compressed hydrogen into electricity which powers its engine – a process which generates only water vapour and heat emissions.

Hydrogen-fuelled cars are also convenient for drivers. They can offer similar performance and acceleration to fossil-fuel cars, can recharge their fuel cells much quicker than electric vehicles’ batteries, and offer long journey times – with some car models going as far as 500 kilometres without running dry.

Shell has already opened hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK and on the west coast of the USA, and there are plans to grow this network even further. The company is developing a nationwide network of 400 hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany as part of a joint venture, while in the US, Shell is working with Honda and Toyota to grow California’s hydrogen fuelling system.

Hydrogen, however, is not the only future fuel that can help reduce transport emissions. Others, such as battery-power, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and advanced biofuels will all also play a role in our continued energy transition. And while the fuels of tomorrow will certainly be different to those of the past, what’s clear is that they will be instrumental in helping bring about a new age of transport.

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