4/7/2014

Europe Launches 110-Car Fuel-Cell Test

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Carmakers and hydrogen suppliers are launching a 31 million (€38 million) plan to put 110 fuel cell-powered vehicles into demonstration fleets across Europe.

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Carmakers and hydrogen suppliers are launching a 31 million (€38 million) plan to put 110 fuel cell-powered vehicles into demonstration fleets across Europe.

The project, dubbed HyFive, is headed by the Mayor of London's office. It will involve BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, five hydrogen companies and two technology organizations.

The group aims to cluster about 21 new or existing standardized hydrogen refueling stations in Austria, Denmark, London, Germany, Italy and Sweden. The midterm goal is to create a pan-European refueling network. Some fuel cell vehicles will be operating under the plan by 2015.

London Mayor Boris Johnson says the project's objective is to show the public that fuel cells are viable. The group notes that fuel cell cars are quiet, ultra-clean, more than twice as fuel efficient as conventional vehicles and can travel more than 600 km per tank.