Hyundai Denmark handed over two fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to two Copenhagen Mayors – the Mayor of Social Services, Mia Nyegaard and the Mayor of Employment and integration, Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard.
The FCEVs will serve as the primary means of transport for the mayors in their official capacities.
Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO of Hydrogen Denmark, hosted the event where the mayors, as well as Uffe Borup from NEL Hydrogen and Thomas Haslund from Hyundai Denmark, gave speeches.
There was a common agreement that green solutions, especially for the transport sector, are crucial for the green transition in big cities. Hydrogen (H2) is key to powering FCEVs and doesn’t emit carbon dioxide (CO2) or harmful particles.
Lonning-Skovgaard, commented, “These cars are proving we can have fast, effective and green transport at the same time. There is definitely no longer a coherence between being a car owner and a ‘climate sinner.”
Nyegaard said, “I am very happy to see the city of Copenhagen contributing to the green transition. Sustainability should be the trade mark for Copenhagen and we need to make a dedicated effort whenever we can.”
Currently, the City of Copenhagen has 21 FCEVs with further plans to expand. The city is part of the EU funded project Hydrogen Mobility Europe 2 (H2ME-2) and has been a first mover worldwide regarding H2 for transport.
The Head of Public Affairs from Hyundai Denmark, Annegrethe Skovby, said, “We are very excited to see Copenhagen continue to invest in Hyundai FCEVs. From our experiences from other cities, it is evident that this will positively affect both the infrastructure development and the deployment of cars. Public investments in sustainable technology pave the way for the green mobility transition.”
FCH JU Executive Director, Bart Biebuyck is very excited to see local politicians taking green responsibility. He said, “Electic cars running on H2 have clear advantages: they are quick to refuel, drive more than 500km and emit no harmful emission in the atmosphere, because the H2 is produced from renewable energy. The example of the two mayors of Copenhagen is a clear signal that decision makers want to play a role in the transition for zero-emission transport and that civil society is asking for a shift towards green mobility solutions, where H2 will play a crucial role.”