Test Drives in Denmark: The hydrogen experience
Test Drives in Denmark: The hydrogen experience
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, March 27, 2018

HyFIVE--Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO of Hydrogen Denmark, hit the roads with several Danish politicians to demonstrate how it feels to be behind the wheel of a fuel cell electric vehicle.

While driving with his guests, Tejs had the privileged opportunity to share the green transition, and the important role the transport sector plays in reducing emissions that contribute to both climate change and air pollution. Politicians from all sides of the political spectrum joined Hydrogen Denmark for an exciting and insightful driving experience. All test drives were in either a Hyundai ix35 or Toyota Mirai.

Between August 2017 and February 2018, Hydrogen Denmark organised a total of nine test drives with several politicians and other key stakeholders, as part of their ‘Ride & Drive’ strategy for the HyFIVE project. The purpose of the test drives were twofold:

They served as an opportunity to enhance the knowledge of FCEV technology, securing better framework conditions for FCEVs, and generally raise political and media awareness.
The drives created engaging social media stories and photo opportunities for Hydrogen Denmark, these supported the organisation in achieving HyFIVE’s dissemination objectives.

Full list of participants:

•    Pia Olsen Dyhr, MP and chairwoman of Socialist People’s Party
•    Hans Christian Schmidt, MP and former Minister of Transportation
•    Jesper Theilgaard, Climate expert
•    Kristian Pihl Lorentzen, MP, Liberal Party, transport spokesperson
•    Jens-Kristian Lütken, local parliament Copenhagen, Liberal Party
•    Andreas Steenberg, MP, Social Liberal Party
•    Mette Jorsø, Candidate for Mayor, Køge, Liberal Party
•    Marie Stærke, Candidate for Mayor, Køge, Social Democratic Party
•    Thea Larsen, Chariman EUDP
•    Signe Wenneberg, blogger, media personality (N.B. This test drive was not organised directly by Hydrogen Denmark, but is still included in their FCEV ‘Ride & Drive’ strategy)

‘’Hopefully, this can contribute to a stronger focus on how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are key ingredients in creating a green and renewable transport sector’’ Tejs Laustsen Jensen, who expects a rise in FCEVs on Danish roads in the future.

In spring last year, the Danish Government, which comprises the Social Democrats and the Danish Social Liberal Party, earmarked 10 million DKK for FCEVs. The Danish Road Directorate administered the applications and will soon choose winning projects from the submitted proposals. Hydrogen Denmark is eager to find out which innovative projects will be delivered through the fund and how they will contribute in expanding the Danish FCEV fleet.

Watch the videos below to find out more about Tejs’ journey with high profile guests (in Danish)

Hans Christian Schmidt, MP Liberal Party and former Minister of Transportation

Thea Larsen, Chairman of EUDP, Danish Energy Technology Demonstration and Development Programme