Hydrogen project sees first 100 cars hit Europe

A hydrogen vehicle project has announced its first 100 cars are now on the road in Germany, France and the UK. The largest-scale project of its kind, Hydrogen Mobility Europe […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A hydrogen vehicle project has announced its first 100 cars are now on the road in Germany, France and the UK.

The largest-scale project of its kind, Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) aims to demonstrate hydrogen can support Europe’s future transport demands and hopes to implement the actions required to grow the green mobility sector.

The project has now deployed 60 of Symbio’s fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UK and France, with another 40 Daimler B-Class models released in Germany.

In total, it plans to deploy more than 1,400 hydrogen cars throughout the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

It’s hoped these vehicles will serve to test hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and show FCEVs are a promising way to lower emissions and improve energy security with minimal impact on drivers.

Ben Madden, Director of Element Energy, the Overall Co-ordinator of the H2ME projects, said: “H2ME is delighted to see its first 100 FCEVs now on the road in three critical European markets.

“To start the transition to a zero-emission transportation system it is essential to put the latest technology in drivers’ hands and use the hydrogen demand created to develop and test the refuelling networks, which are required to support these vehicles.”

Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Total and Shell are among 13 firms joining forces to invest €10.7 (£9.2m) in hydrogen technologies in the next five years.