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Germany: BMVI Investing 23.5 million euros in hydrogen mobility

By October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019

Scheuer: Hydrogen, the fuel cell, and electricity are moving the future

Concrete experience of hydrogen mobility: Andreas Scheuer , Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, presented today in Berlin future checks amounting to around 23.5 million euros. The scope of the funded projects ranges from forklift trucks to equipping a ride-pooling fleet to the development of a hydrogen bus and a fuel-cell-powered street sweeper.

Andreas Scheuer , Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure: “Hydrogen, fuel cells and electricity move the future. We have seen many studies and pilot projects in recent years. We really need them on the road now – because today we have to convince citizens that the technology works and is a real milestone towards tomorrow’s CO2- neutral mobility.

The funding is part of the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), with which the Federal Government has been investing in research and development since 2006. The program is intended to support the first products required for market activation in various fields of application.”

The following projects have received a future check:GHT Mobility GmbH ( CleverShuttle )
Procurement of 50 fuel cell vehicles for the development of an innovative mobility offer based on IT- optimized ride-poolingFunding: 754,622.00 Euro

German Post DHL Group
procurement of 500 fuel cell vehicles ( StreetScooter ) for use in the package delivery company in the German Post DHL Group
Promotion: 9,822,330.00 Euros

Truck : MAN & Shell with Anleg GmbH and TU Braunschweig
Development and testing of a fuel cell system as well as a mobile and self-sufficient refueling device in the area of ​​application of heavy commercial vehicles
Funding: 8,121,251 Euro

FAUN Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Development of waste collection vehicles and sweepers with fuel cell drive based on hydrogen
Funding: 521,241.00 Euro

EvoBus GmbH
Development of a battery-electric city bus with range extension by a fuel cell
Funding: 3.309.652,00 Euro

Günsel Fördertechnik und Fahrzeugbau GmbH
Procurement of 89 hydrogen-powered industrial trucks for intralogistics use at the BMW plant Leipzig
Funding: 1,024,094.00 Euro

Further information about the H2 infrastructure and funding

  1. Hydrogen mobility is urgently needed to achieve climate protection goals.
  2. In the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology NIP II (2016 2026), the Federal Government promotes the market introduction of the technologies with the funding guidelines for research and development as well as market activation.
  3. Specifically, this involves support in the cross-carrier procurement of applications with hydrogen and fuel cell technology. By 2019, funds amounting to around 250 million euros are ready; the financial programming in the budget 2019 envisages another 481 million euros by 2022.
  4. In the first phase of the NIP (2006 2016), the Federal Government and industry have already provided a total of € 1.4 billion for technology promotion and demonstration projects.
  5. The Federal Government supports the expansion target of 100 filling stations by 2020. NOW GmbH coordinates the NIP . In the first phase of the NIP (2006 2016), 50 public hydrogen refueling stations were promoted. In 2018 NIP 2 was granted 20 additional service stations via a first call for support. The majority of the 75 gas stations currently in operation are in the hands of the industrial joint venture H2 Mobility .

Current status of hydrogen filling stations in Germany (October 2019):

  • 75 in operation
  • 6 Completed
  • 3 in approval
  • 15 in planning

Even in the current climate protection package, hydrogen and fuel cell technology plays a decisive role towards CO2- neutral mobility. The National Hydrogen Strategy will be presented by the end of the year.

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