Hydrogen mobility project reaches key milestone
A pan-European project aiming to support the commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in Europe has reached a key milestone, with hydrogen-powered vehicles travelling over 8 million kilometres to date.
Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) has now deployed close to 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and 30 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) across Germany, France, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and other European countries. Vehicles have now travelled over 8 million kilometres since the project began in 2015, with over 5 million of these happening in 2018.
Findings and conclusions from H2ME will be shared at the Hydrogen for Clean Transport midterm conference, which will take place in Hamburg on 25th October 2019.
Hydrogen has key advantages as a fuel, including reducing tailpipe emissions to zero and improving air quality, while being easily available, simple to store, suitable for heavy-duty applications and zero-emission when it is generated from renewable sources. It also provides the longest range and fastest refuelling of zero-emission vehicles.
The H2ME initiative is creating the world’s largest network of HRS, sharing best practice and standards between the 43 partners and helping develop attractive ownership models in use cases such as taxis, captive fleets, and in cities with strict environmental targets. In total, the project will deploy 49 HRS and 1,400 hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans by 2022.
The results generated by the project will be shared with industry, politicians, and the wider public to support the wider adoption of hydrogen mobility.