Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Gains Momentum in France

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Following on from the success of the H2Mobility initiatives in Germany and Great Britain (the latter has already published its first full report), to support the commercial introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), July saw the launch of the ‘Mobilité Hydrogène France’ initiative.  The consortium, which currently consists of twenty partner members, plans to combine forces and expertise to produce an economically competitive and supported deployment plan for a private and public hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in France between 2015 and 2030.

Work is already well underway, with regional, national and international private and public stakeholders collaborating with the French Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (“AFHyPaC”) with a view to publishing initial results in late 2013.  Supported by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the group will work to share knowledge and expertise in order to develop coordinated deployment scenarios for vehicles and hydrogen stations, and to emphasise the clear benefits and costs of this transition.

Hydrogen and fuel cells offer great potential for the deployment of electric vehicles in Europe against a backdrop of growing urbanisation, whether Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) or Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).  With global pressures to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in our cities, the high efficiency and zero CO2 vehicles offer clear benefits both for the automotive sector as well as society as a whole.

Intelligent Energy along with all of the initiative’s partners is proud to be contributing to improving the energy landscape for future generations.

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