September 24 (SeeNews) – Hydrogen mobility initiatives in Germany, France, Scandinavia and the UK have teamed up to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in Europe, it was announced in a press release on Thursday.
The partners have launched the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project that will support the deployment of fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure across Europe. The project is co-funded with EUR 32 million (USD 36m) from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public private partnership bringing together the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries and the research community.
The project aims to deploy by 2019 200 fuel cell cars, 125 fuel cell range-extended vans and 29 hydrogen refuelling stations in 10 countries — Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. The agreements for the initiative were signed in July and the first vehicles have already been delivered to customers in France and Germany.
The consortium is led by Element Energy and includes fuel cell and car manufacturers, among which Daimler, Nissan, Hyundai, OMV, Areva and Honda, infrastructure providers, and data monitoring and dissemination organisations.
Ben Madden, director at Element Energy and overall coordinator, says that hydrogen vehicle technology has been brought to the point where it is technically ready for market introduction. “H2ME will allow a widespread demonstration of the readiness of the technology, as well as developing valuable insights about the early customer experience and practical challenges of a widespread roll-out of the technology,” added Madden.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.126)
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