H2ME – Europe takes stock of progress

H2ME is considered to be the largest hydrogen project in Europe: Since 2015, around 170 million euros have been invested in over 1,400 H2 vehicles and almost 50 filling stations throughout Europe – 67 million euros of which in the form of subsidies.

More than 40 institutions are working together under the Hydrogen Mobility Europe programme to build a transnational grid. The aim is to establish a minimum number of H2 filling stations and to put a sufficient number of zero-emission vehicles on the road in Europe. On 25 October 2019 the conference “Hydrogen for clean Transport” will take place in Hamburg to document the mid-term results.

Hydrogen Mobility Europe is divided into two project phases: H2ME1 started in June 2015 and will run until mid 2020. Based on the resulting experience, H2ME2 was launched in May 2016 to significantly expand the vehicle fleet and improve its technical maturity. In addition, this six-year second programme will identify barriers to commercialisation and make a clear commitment to this technology. The funding for this comes from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

H2ME 1

  • 29 Locations
  • 300 vehicles
  • 70 million € Capital expenditure
  • 32 Mio. € funding

H2ME 2

  • 20 Locations
  • 1,100 vehicles
  • 100 million € Capital expenditure
  • 35 Mio. € funding

Among the first one hundred H2 vehicles put on the roads in early 2017 were 60 Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 in France and Great Britain and 40 Mercedes B-Class F-Cell in Germany. By autumn 2018, 110 Kangoo ZE-H2, 80 Toyota Mirai, 10 Honda Clarity and 60 other H2 vehicles had been added. In Germany alone, 20 filling stations are supported by H2ME.

H2ME is comparable to H2 Mobility, which is working within Germany to have 100 hydrogen filling stations in operation by the end of 2019. It is similar with Mobilité Hydrogène in France, Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership in Scandinavia and UK H2 Mobility in the UK. These four initiatives pursue slightly different strategies adapted to their respective home countries, but their results are all summarised in H2ME.

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