Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) says it has now deployed close to 500 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and 30 refuelling stations (HRS) across Germany, France, Scandinavia, the UK and other European countries.

Vehicles have now travelled more than 8m kilometres since the project began in 2015, with 5m of these in 2018.

Findings and conclusions from H2ME will be shared at the Hydrogen for Clean Transport mid-term conference, which will take place in Hamburg on 25th October, 2019.

Many countries are now legislating to ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles; for example, Norway by 2025, the Netherlands from 2030 and the UK and France by 2040.

The H2ME initiative aims to support the commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in Europe.

As well as creating the world's largest network of HRS, it is sharing best practice and standards between the 43 partners and helping develop ownership models in use cases such as taxis, captive fleets and in cities with strict environmental targets.

In total, the project will deploy 49 HRS and 1,400 hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans by 2022.

The results generated by the project are shared with industry, politicians, and the wider public to support the wider adoption of hydrogen mobility. As part of this, the Hydrogen for Clean Transport conference will showcase the advances made by hydrogen technology in the transport sector and discuss the remaining challenges working towards widespread commercialisation.

"Governments at a national and local level are putting in place concrete targets to reduce emissions and accelerate the switch to zero-emission mobility," said Director at Element Energy – Project Lead and Coordinator, Ben Madden.

"The H2ME project demonstrates hydrogen can play a central role in this shift, ensuring all road users have the option to participate in the transition, thanks to its ability to provide fast refuelling and long range.

"Today, we can already see an acceleration of the use of hydrogen as a fuel in heavy-duty and high demand applications, such as taxis, delivery vehicles and trucks."

The EUR170m (US$191m) H2ME demonstration project is co-funded with EUR67m from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership supporting fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe.