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ZEFER project to deploy FCEVs in European capitals

Green Tomato Cars will take on 25 Mirai FCEVs in London.

180 FCEVs will be deployed in various fleet applications in Paris, Brussels and London under the ZEFER programme

A new programme has been launched to deploy large fleets of 60 hydrogen-fuelled vehicles across three major European capitals of Paris, London and Brussels.

Dubbed ZEFER – the Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out – these vehicles will be used in long-distance fleet applications, where hydrogen FCEVs are most valuable owing to quick refuelling times and their ability to reduce pollution in city centres.

The 26 million euro (US$31 million) programme will introduce 180 FCEVs into a combination of taxi, private-hire and police fleets. The project will also gather data and disseminate results to demonstrate the business case for future FCEV adoption, and test the performance of cars and infrastructure under high-mileage conditions.

ZEFER will be delivered by a consortium led by Element Energy, including hydrogen suppliers Air Liquide and ITM Power, vehicle end users Green Tomato Cars, HYPE and the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, observer partners BMW and Linde and partners supporting the analysis and policy conclusions Cenex and the Mairie de Paris.

It has been also been co-funded with 5 million euros from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. The 180 FCEVs will be procured from the vehicle manufacturers best able to offer hydrogen-powered cars in Europe. The the first 25 vehicles will be deployed this week in London by Green Tomato Cars.

Element Energy director Ben Madden said: “We are delighted to be leading this major project which will demonstrate commercially viable use cases for hydrogen fuelled vehicles in high mileage urban fleets. The increasingly widespread hydrogen infrastructure network in leading European cities as well as new FCEV models from manufacturers are beginning to drive real market adoption. We are excited to see first large-scale users starting to take up the technology in large fleets to do the day to day work of vehicles which operate in urban centres.”

Green Tomato managing director Jonny Goldstone commented: “This is a truly unique project where investors in hydrogen technology, manufacturers of hydrogen cars and Green Tomato Cars as the end users, have come together with a commitment to make hydrogen transport work for the good of the people and the environment. We’d like to thank OLEV, the FCH JU and Toyota for their support in helping us acquire such a significant number of these innovative Mirai cars.”

Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy VP Pierre-Etienne Franc said: “Air Liquide is actively developing innovative H2 mobility projects and its associated network of stations in Europe and the world. As a partner of ZEFER we are contributing to the widespread of hydrogen mobility in major European cities, including Paris where we have supported in 2015 the launch of ‘Hype’, the world’s first hydrogen-powered taxi fleet, in partnership with Step; and in Brussels where we installed our first hydrogen station in 2016.”


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