GREENER CARS OF THE FUTURE; Public Test Drive Zero-Emission Vehicles Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Made by Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota
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VISITORS to Cardiff Bay yesterday tried out the cars of tomorrow, as major car manufacturers showed off their latest technology.
The European Hydrogen Road Tour 2012 stopped off outside the Wales Millennium Centre giving members of the public a chance to test drive hydrogen fuel cell cars.
The cars from Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Honda and Toyota run on hydrogen with zero emissions, except for water.
Organiser Martin Svensson, from Hydrogen Sweden, said: "The message of the day is to really show the cars already exist.
"The slogan we have is 'here today, everywhere tomorrow'."
He said the aim of the tour was to get both the public and policymakers on board with the idea of hydrogen powered cars in order to create the push for the infrastructure needed to support the cars. While a few people where stopping to see why the cars were parked outside the Millennium Centre few were taking up the offer of a drive, although there were hopes more would when the centre got busier in the evening.
The event, along with a seminar on the technology, was supported by the Welsh Government, with First Minister Carwyn Jones giving the opening speech.
Mr Jones said: "The hydrogen fuel cell was invented by a Welshman, Sir William Robert Grove, in 1889 - and it is therefore fitting that this important European conference is being held in Cardiff. "The University of Glamorgan is one of the world leaders in this field.
"Research at the university is already underway into hydrogen vehicle propulsion systems, including fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engines, and Wales' first hydrogen fuelling station was installed at the university's Hydrogen Research Centre in Baglan.
"On a Wales-wide level, the Low Carbon Research Institute is bringing together universities across Wales and a number of exciting and innovative projects are underway to look at alternative fuels and renewable energy sources. …