“Hydrogen (H2) fuel cells plus electric-vehicle technology offer a viable path to zero-emission transport” is the message from the Hydrogen for Clean Transport conference which was held last week to discuss and debate H2-based solutions towards a zero-emission transport sector in Europe by 2040.
For the first time, seven major global vehicle manufacturers - Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Symbio and Toyota – as well as leading H2 refuelling infrastructure providers, met in Brussels to raise awareness among policy makers and other stakeholders of the role to be played by H2 mobility alongside full battery electric vehicles in achieving a zero-emission future.
The conference, sponsored by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and flagship H2 projects HyFIVE and H2ME, is a first for Europe’s transport industry. As more European countries move toward partial or complete bans on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, H2 and fuel-cell technologies are seen as an increasingly important component of the future mix of vehicles on Europe’s roads.
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the European Commission’s FCH JU, said, “This marks an important step for clean mobility in Europe. The presense of seven important manufacturers translates to a strong commitment from industry, which is a crucial element to push forward with the deployment of H2 vehicles. The FCH JU is proud to see how its projects, HyFIVE and then H2ME, have been allowed to build continuously on previous achievements and are bringing technological progress to become key solutions for addressing zero-emission transport goals. In this way, we contribute to tackling major global challenges.”
Hydrogen Europe’s Secretary General, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, added, “The Hydrogen for Clean Transport conference is timely, with the release of crucial sets of legislation for the mobility sector this autumn. With this conference, our industry members showcase the readiness level of fuel cell electric vehicles as a complementary solution to battery electric vehicles, the only two zero-emission drivetrains that enable transport decarbonisation.”