Subsidies of H2 passenger cars

The parliamentary group of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens) has submitted a small question to the federal government on the topic of “Promotion of hydrogen passenger cars”. Parliamentarians Cem Özdemir, Oliver Krischer, Matthias Gastel and others wanted to know what results the financial support has produced so far.
The question refers in particular to the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme (NIP), which since 2007 has provided many millions of taxpayers’ money for the procurement of vehicles, for tax concessions for their operation, for the development of fuelling infrastructure, and for research and development. The parliamentarians’ criticism is aimed at the fact that despite various incentives (e.g. eligibility of new cars for the European CO2 fleet limits or preferential treatment in road traffic via the Electro-mobility Act), the current stock figures of FC passenger cars are still low.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure replied to this question on behalf of the Federal Government that “as of 1 June 2021, 1,261 fuel cell passenger cars were registered in Germany” – including 223 units from Mercedes, 540 from Hyundai, 126 from Toyota and 347 from Honda as well as a few other individual units. It goes on to say that according to the National Hydrogen Council, a small share of fuel cell passenger cars is expected by 2030. The National Platform for the Future of Mobility (NPM) also shows a low share, while Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH expects significantly higher values. The 90 H2 filling stations that have been state-subsidised since 2008 have been supported with a total of over 100 million euros.


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