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The future of the fleet vehicle: ZEFER project launches to demonstrate the benefits of zero emission fuel cell cars for large urban fleets

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The commercialisation of the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) edges closer to reality with the launch of the €26 million pan-European ZEFER (Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out) project. Co-ordinated by Element Energy, this ground-breaking initiative will deploy 180 hydrogen fueled vehicles into a combination of taxi, private hire and police fleets across Paris, Brussels and London. With the cars being used every day over long distances these vehicles, and their supporting infrastructure, will be pushed to their limits to highlight the technological merit of hydrogen transport and the promising business case for future fleet FCEV adoption.

ZEFER will provide a key catalyst to the real market adoption of hydrogen cars across European cities. By deploying captive fleets of FCEVs, a steady demand for hydrogen fuel can be created and the economics of operating a hydrogen refueling station improved. This could prove to be a key transition point for hydrogen fuel cell cars as the daily costs of running a vehicle becomes more accessible to the wider commercial market. Additionally, with stricter air quality regulations being introduced by many cities and municipalities, the ZEFER project will highlight the viability of FCEVs to provide a zero emission alternative for diesel vehicles in inner city areas.

Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy, 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.”

Additional detail is provided in the project press release and on the project website (zefer.eu). For further information please contact lisa.ruf@element-energy.co.uk.

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