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Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions (HyER) welcomes EU’s Clean power for transport
Brussels, 25 January 2013 - HyER, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions, welcomes the European Commission’s Communication on the “Clean power for transport package” which will ensure a harmonised build-up of infrastructure for alternative fuels (including hydrogen and electricity) across Europe.
In particular, HyER welcomes the set of targeted measures on electricity and hydrogen infrastructure to accelerate the roll out of fuel cell electric and battery electric vehicles as indicated in the Directive for :
Electricity: With the variable situation on electric charging points across the EU, a minimum number of recharging points, using a common plug will be required for each Member State. Establishing a critical mass of charging points shall enable companies to mass produce the cars at lower prices.
Hydrogen: With Germany, Italy and Denmark already having a significant number of hydrogen refuelling stations, efforts will concentrate on greater accessibility to the public and standardisation for certain components. Under this proposal, existing filling stations will be linked to form a network with common standards ensuring the mobility of hydrogen vehicles which is also foreseen in the Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport (HIT) project, co-funded by the EU TEN T program. The HIT project (http://www.hit-tent.eu/) is aiming at stimulating the deployment of hydrogen refueling infrastructure serving fuel cell electric vehicles along key TEN-T corridors.
In view of the establishment of the European Electro-mobility Observatory, EEO (19 December 2012) funded by the EU and led by HyER, in collaboration with TNO, ECN, VUB, TÜV NORD, POLIS, AVERE, HyER is committed to monitoring the progress of fuel cell electric and battery electric vehicles and required infrastructure and to “facilitate information exchange and coordinated regional action across the EU with the European Electromobility Observatory”.
Yesterday (24 January 2013), HyER organised the first EEO Workshop in Brussels bringing together regional and local authorities, car manufacturers and infrastructure developers to discuss the plans and expectations on the EEO as a main point of reference for tracking electro-mobility developments in Europe. The workshop also collected first input on the industry’s ambitions to assess the efficiency and use of the technology with regards to infrastructure development. Regional governments that were present welcomed the EEO as a means to share challenges and opportunities on fact-policy making.
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HyER (www.hyer.eu) the European Association for Hydrogen and fuel cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions was established in collaboration with the EU Commission in 2008. HyER supports the deployment and uptake of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and electro-mobility in Europe to contribute positively to carbon dioxide emissions reduction, environment protection as well as economic growth and employment. HyER is representing over 30 regions and cities in Europe.
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Brussels, December 19, 2012
EEO, Effective, Efficient, Overnight; the European Electro-mobility Observatory kick off
Today HyER, in association with TNO, ECN, VUB, TÜV NORD, POLIS, AVERE, and supported by the EU Commission, launched a crucial instrument to support fact-based policy making aimed at acceleration of electric vehicles’ roll-out: the European Electro-mobility Observatory (EEO).
Electro-mobility, including the complementary technologies for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV), is considered to become an important pillar of a future drive train portfolio. Public awareness as well as expectations have increased significantly as the car industry worldwide is preparing the market roll out of EVs.
Setting an attractive perspective for a successful commercialization of EVs and the build-up of an appropriate energy infrastructure to recharge and refuel the first vehicles is crucial! Relevant decisions and measures have to be taken on European, national and regional/local level following the different jurisdictions of decision makers. Thus the need to “translate” or “compile” recent experiences and findings of ongoing R&D and demonstration activities into robust and practicable policy recommendations for different addressees is seen as major task of the new Observatory.
By covering all major EV developments and using a dedicated EEO portal that allows fast response procedures, the EEO will reduce the duplication of surveys to engage a large number of EV stakeholders to submit their information and be recognized in the outcome of the EEO. Regular workshops and webinars will be organized to address the major issues and to exchange experiences and best practice.
The EEO will share regular updates on for example the number of vehicles and stations as well as regulatory practice with a large number of stakeholders at all decision-making levels.
A first workshop is planned on January 24, 2013 in Brussels for industry and local governments to compile input on infrastructure targets and business cases to facilitate fast market roll-out. The outcome of the workshop will serve as input to the EU Clean Power for Transport Initiative including a EU Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure that is foreseen early next year.
For more information on the workshop and how to become involved and ensure that the activities in your region or city are included in the EEO results contact the HyER secretariat:
Tel. 0032 2 223 2811
On 28 November 2012, the Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport (HIT) Project will be hitting the EU TEN-T corridors starting with a short kick off at the TEN-T Days, that are being held on 28 -29 November 2012, in Brussels. Participants of the TEN-T Days are welcome to join a short ceremony at the HIT stand in the main exhibition hall on 28 November 2012 from 11:30 to 12:30.
A Drive and Ride in fuel cell hydrogen buses and fuel cell passenger cars during both days is facilitated by HyER.
If you would like to participate in the ceremony, please contact the HyER secretariat at +32 2 223 2811.
More info in the attached the press release.Posted under TEN T HIT project
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