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BMVI is Funding Three Projects for Climate-Friendly Trucks Including Hydrogen Fuel Cells for 24.4 Million Euros

By February 1, 2021 3   min read  (392 words)

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fuelcellsworks, BMVI is Funding Three Projects for Climate-Friendly Trucks Including Hydrogen Fuel Cells for 24.4 Million Euros

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer today handed over funding totaling 24.4 million euros to three projects that develop climate-friendly drives for commercial vehicles at the first general hydrogen meeting.

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer today handed over funding totaling 24.4 million euros to three projects that develop climate-friendly drives for commercial vehicles at the first general hydrogen meeting.

Andreas Scheuer : “With alternative drives, we want to move towards zero-emission logistics on the road. That is why we support companies in bringing sustainable drive technologies to market maturity and using them. The question is not if, but when, battery-electric and hydrogen and fuel cell drives will be competitive in road freight transport. We are actively tackling the issue, because around 90 percent of CO2 emissions in the transport sector come from road traffic, and trucks make up a third of them. ”

The funded projects:

SeLv (funding: around 16.9 million euros)
The RWTH Aachen project focuses on converting heavy trucks to fuel cell drives – regardless of the manufacturer, of old and new vehicles. For this purpose, a fuel cell-based modular drive system is being developed that enables exactly that.

HyLightCOM (funding: around 5.7 million euros)
The HyLightCOM project of Opel Automobile GmbH is about the development of a light commercial vehicle with hydrogen fuel cell drive and the testing of five prototypes as the basis for large-scale production from 2025.

Scale-e-Drive (funding: around 1.8 million euros)
In the project of the University of Kassel, supported by the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kassel, battery-electric commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 and 7 tons are being developed and tested . So far there have been almost exclusively vehicles with internal combustion engines in this class.

Information on hydrogen funding from the BMVI:

  • The BMVI supports research and development as well as measures for market activation as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). From 2021, around 80 million euros per year will be available for the NIP.
  • A further 1.6 billion euros are available for the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy by 2024.
  • In addition, the BMVI is planning technology-neutral funding for the purchase of buses, commercial vehicles and rail vehicles with alternative drives, including vehicles with hydrogen and fuel cell drives, including the fueling infrastructure required for the vehicles.
  • All information about the funding programs can be found under the following link: www.now-gmbh.de/foerderung/foerderprogramme/wasserstoff-und-brennstoffzelle/

 

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