October 2, 2006

Fuel suppliers and automakers outline European Hydrogen Infrastructure

Brussels, Belgium – Energy companies Shell Hydrogen B.V. and Total France, along with automakers BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler AG, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Europe AG, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG and Volkswagen AG have announced their joint approach to advance hydrogen as a fuel for road transport in Europe. In a common position paper, the companies have defined a near- and mid-term action plan to pave the way for the introduction of hydrogen-based mobility in Europe.

According to a press release issued jointly by all parties, “the companies are together convinced that a joint approach between energy companies and vehicle manufacturers is an excellent means to bridge the gap between the present individual demonstration activities, and future commercially available hydrogen vehicles, including the corresponding refueling infrastructure.”

While each company is pursuing its own specific timeline, the group has commonly identified key phases over the next decade, with commercialization of hydrogen-powered vehicles potentially starting around 2015. A key priority is to concentrate efforts on a focused region for passenger cars; the group sees the project initially rolling out in Berlin for cars and city buses, and in additional selected cities and regions for city buses. All lessons learned, continuing education and outreach will be shared across all regions.

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