Wow… four months after we partnered with Geopura to take our hydrogen fuel cell system to Goodwood, we received our first commercial order for it. In a world’s first, we provided low carbon power via Siemens EV chargers to Polestar, at the European test drive of the Polestar 1 to journalists in Florence, Italy, in November 2019
The art of the possible
To run the test drives, Polestar needed to provide the power to charge the electric performance hybrid vehicles. The grid just doesn’t have the capacity. And, when you’ve spent years refining the design and performance of a car like Polestar 1, finding a cleaner alternative to a diesel generator is a must.
This is exactly the reason we developed the fuel cell for Goodwood. To show the art of the possible for clean, green off-grid charging.
We used 100% renewable energy to provide power to 12 Siemens EV chargers used at the event, delivering emissions free power. The hydrogen fuel cell system is turning green hydrogen into electricity and the only by-product is heat and pure water.
As the use of electric vehicles grows, more and more people will need to charge them. Not everyone has the luxury of off-street parking, so may need to do this in a car park while they’re out shopping, or at work. But most car parks wouldn’t have the capacity to provide power to many EV chargers either – especially ones which can charge up the car quickly.
By using an off-grid power source, such as the fuel cell system, you can replenish the fuel – in this case hydrogen created using renewable power, supplied in tubes – and keep the wheels moving of the electric vehicles in the local area.
A nation cruising towards change
And the need for this system in towns and cities across the UK will come sooner rather than later. Recent research by Siemens shows that more than a third (36%) of British motorists have revealed they plan to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as their next car, showing how we’re a nation cruising towards change, with increased awareness of our carbon footprint and concerns over air quality.
Leading the charge is the nation’s capital, London, with 14% of motorists revealing they already own an EV or hybrid car, with Wales hot on their heels at 9%. It’s the North West showing the biggest desire to change, with almost half (42%) of respondents revealing they are planning to buy an EV or hybrid as their next purchase. However, many people are putting off a purchase as they are concerned about how they’d charge it and the amount of time it would take.
As awareness continues to rise around environmental issues and sustainability, over half of respondents (53%) believe that EVs and hybrids are the future of personal transport, and it may be no surprise that Gen Y showed most concern for their carbon footprint when it comes to driving. More than half (51%) of those aged 18-24 revealed they’re concerned about the impact their driving has on the environment, compared to just a third (33%) of Gen X and just 8% for Boomers.
As public perception is changing, we hope that more companies look at how they can meet the demand for clean and responsible charging infrastructure. Join the green charging revolution!