Yesterday, BMW, Hyundai, Stellantis, and Toyota sent a joint letter to the Executive Vice President of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, demanding the further expansion of the existing network of 700 bar public hydrogen filling stations across Europe.
H2 MOBILITY Germany welcomes the initiative that underlines the crucial role that hydrogen also plays in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The undersigned vehicle manufacturers understand fuel cell electric vehicles as a supplement to battery electric vehicles: While battery electric vehicles still have advantages in the life cycle assessment for short distances and light to medium weights, fuel cell electric vehicles are more advantageous for longer range and requirements for familiar payloads. Especially relevant for the customer, fuel cell vehicles can be refueled in the conventional time of fewer than 5 minutes and in the future at any time with stored renewable energy.
In order to reduce vehicle prices, economies of scale for the required cost reduction of fuel cell vehicle components in the passenger car and light commercial vehicle market are essential. The initiators, therefore, call for the market for fuel cell cars and light commercial vehicles as well as the established (and proven) 700 bar refueling network to be further developed. Since the infrastructure is a prerequisite for a market ramp-up, only a combined hydrogen infrastructure expansion for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as well as for heavy trucks can create the necessary conditions for the traffic turnaround, which cannot succeed without hydrogen.
Source: H2 Mobility