The European Parliament has called for a rollout of EU filling-station network for hydrogen-powered cars, potentially driving forward the adoption of a hydrogen transport infrastructure in future.

The European Parliament has reportedly called on the EU’s executive to introduce measures to support the roll-out of a Europe-wide filling-station network for hydrogen-powered cars and develop common standards for the vehicles across all member states.

MEP’s almost unanimously adopted a report on 3rd September, drafted by members of the centre-right European Peoples’ Party grouping in the parliament on hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The legislative report was adopted with 644 votes in favour, two against and 11 abstentions. MEP’s are thought to believe that a key support measure would be the development of common EU standards for the experimental transport concept.

Without such common standards, member states may grant approvals for such vehicles on a one-off basis without having to develop new laws.

If that is the case, there is a risk that every member state could draw up its own approval conditions, resulting in distortion of the single market and in turn, high costs for manufacturers, safety risks, and the possible impediment of the spread of hydrogen technology in the EU.

The unanimously adopted report’s authors, centre-right MEP’s Malcolm Harbour of the UK and Anja Weisgerber of Germany, commented, “With the adoption of EU-wide criteria, the European Union can establish itself now ahead of global research and ensure investment security for market access of this future technology.”