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Brussels to give fuel cell cars 470 MD; research boost

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Brussels to give fuel cell cars 470 MD; research boost


Launching a new public private proposal for cleaner road vehicles… Industry is entrusted with leading the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative -JTI. The European Commission aims to fund 470 MD; of this over the next six years, with the private sector putting up at least as much.

Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik: “I was really surprised to see a car in such a kind of let’s say face of development, running clean in such a way.”

The JTI should accelerate the development of hydrogen technologies to the point of commercial take-off between 2010 and 2020, Brussels says.

Expert Patrick Maio speaks for the industry association Fuel Cell Europe. He says: “Hydrogen isn’t a source of energy but a vector of energy. It transports energy from A to B. It has to be produced. In this sense, hydrogen is dependent on primary sources of energy production.”

The Commission is proposing to simplify approval procedures for getting more hydrogen vehicles onto Europe’s streets.

If these ideas win backing from the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, cleaner hybrids could gain ground as they already are doing in cities such as Amsterdam, Madrid and London.

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