The Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) consortium has announced that it will create a third hydrogen passenger vehicle deployment centre in Oslo, Norway, with Hyundai Motor Europe becoming a new partner to the project.

Hyundai Motor will deliver eight of its flagship hydrogen fuel cell electric passenger vehicles – the ix35 Fuel Cell – to Oslo during 2015, where they will make use of the hydrogen fuelling network in the city.

The vehicles will complement the consortium’s activities in Copenhagen (Denmark) and London (UK), where fuelling stations and fleets of passenger cars and taxis have been deployed to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen technology as a low carbon transport solution.

Under the project, which is part-funded by the European Commission’s Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, the consortium will continue to gather operational data from these fleets and stations. This data is being disseminated to other European cities interested in implementing hydrogen transport for urban mobility.

Air Products leads the consortium and Diana Raine, HyTEC Project Coordinator and European Business Manager Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products, said of the expansion of the project, “We are delighted to welcome Hyundai Motor Europe to this exciting project, which will now see Oslo benefit from the consortium’s expertise in hydrogen transport infrastructure and operation.”

“We hope to demonstrate that hydrogen is not a fuel for the future, but a fuel for today that can reduce dangerous emissions and improve air quality in our cities.”

Frank Meijer, Head of FCEV & Infrastructure Development at Hyundai Motor Europe, added, “Hyundai is the world’s first manufacturer to mass-produce hydrogen-powered vehicles and is already selling cars globally, including 11 European markets. As an industry leader, it is important to support projects like HyTEC that work to strengthen Europe’s refuelling infrastructure and raise awareness of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered mobility in Europe.”