The Danish Government is extending the present tax exemption of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) for an additional three years until 2022.
The hydrogen (H2) community in Denmark has welcomed the “important step forward”, but said it is regrettable that the government could not agree on a wider range of initiatives regarding green transport.
Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO of Hydrogen Denmark, said, “We need to push forward with H2 technology in the transport sector and the tax exemption is essential if we are to succeed.”
“Over the past few years we have improved and extended the H2 infrastructure and technology in Denmark, amongst others with the support of the EU-project H2ME2.”
“We would have welcomed further initiatives, with regards to busses, trucks, shipping etc, but acknowledge that this was not possible at this point.”
“It now must be a top priority for the new parliament, when it gathers later in 2019 after the upcoming elections.”
FCEVs running on H2 only emit water and no CO2. It takes just five minutes to refuel a H2 car which will then have a range of 600 kilometres.
“FCEVs should be considered an important piece in the puzzle to include more renewable energy in the transport sector,” Jensen continued, “But we are not there yet, the industry still needs favourable conditions to keep developing itself and to be able to accelerate the commercial breakthrough for fuel cell vehicles.”
“With the prolonged tax exemption, and the continued backing of the EU, the FCH-JU and the H2ME-2 project, the Danish industry has been given an opportunity to continue working on extending the refuelling network and to bring more FCEVs on the road.”
FCH JU Executive Director Bart Biebuyck echoed, “Europe has set great CO2 reduction targets for its transport sector with the final goal of full decarbonisation. FCEVs will play a great role in this process but there is still need for further governmental support for mass-scale deployment.”
“It is with great joy that we receive this decision from the Danish government to continue the tax exemption for all FCEVs in Denmark. This measure, together with the important infrastructure development in the country and projects like H2ME, will surely enable the uptake of FCEV deployment in the next years.”