Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) has deployed 630 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in 10 countries and installed 37 new hydrogen stations in eight countries since its launch in 2016, the flagship European project reported today as it published its latest data.
Comprised of nearly 50 organisations at the forefront of the sector, H2ME’s efforts represent the largest European deployment for hydrogen mobility to date.
Following the conclusion of its initial phase, H2ME recommends national and international incentives to ensure the dispensed cost of low carbon hydrogen is competitive for vehicle operators to create a level playing field with other zero emission vehicles.
H2ME further states that incentives, such as purchase grant and tax exemptions, will unlock demand from vehicle operators and bring market confidence to vehicle suppliers. Similarly, financial support applied per kg of hydrogen sold will lower the price of green hydrogen at the pump.
Sharing its developments today (14th Jan), H2ME said that as part of its second phase of deployment, it will focus on developing state of the art refuelling stations and target a wider range of vehicles. This attention is a result of lessons learnt from phase one that show that future hydrogen mobility strategies should focus more on high mileage and heavy-duty applications.
Commenting on H2ME’s efforts, Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director at Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), said, “The first phase of H2ME has demonstrated that light duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are performant and nearing market competition with other zero emissions vehicles for high mileage applications, like taxi fleets.”
“In addition, our flagship project was successful in supporting the onset of a European hydrogen infrastructure for road transport. Today, Europe has a card to play: By integrating these learnings into the heavy-duty truck sector, it can capitalise on best practices of vehicles fleets and infrastructure management, making an essential contribution to a green post-Covid recovery of our economy”.
Nikolas Iwan, CEO of H2 Mobility, added, “20 of the more than 90 stations in Germany have been built in the H2ME project. We are proud to be partner in the largest European hydrogen mobility initiative. Collaboration is the key to a successful mobility transition, especially in the next phase were rules and regulations have to be set for the light and heavy-duty transport sector.”