Zero Emission Fleet vehicles For European Roll-out

ZEFER
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
H2020
Call for proposals: 
2017
Application area: 
Transport and refuelling infrastructure
Project Pillar: 
Transport

Despite considerable support for the hydrogen mobility sector, there remains low take-up of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and vehicle sales remain low. This is a significant issue for the commercialisation of the sector, as whilst sales volumes are low, vehicle production costs and prices remain high. The lack of demand for hydrogen also damages the business case for investment in early hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS).

The ZEFER project proposes a solution to this issue. ZEFER will demonstrate viable business cases for captive fleets of FCEVs in operations which can realise value from hydrogen vehicles, for example by intensive use of vehicles and HRS, or by avoiding pollution charges in city centres with applications where the refuelling characteristics of FCEVs suit the duty cycles of the vehicles. ZEFER aims to drive sales of FCEVs in these applications to other cities, thereby increasing sales volumes of FCEVs and improving the business case for HRS serving these captive fleets.

ZEFER will deploy 180 FCEVs in Paris, Brussels and London. 170 FCEVs will be operated as taxi or private hire
vehicles, and the remaining 10 will be used by the police. The vehicle customers are all partners in the project, so that
deployments will occur quickly, (the majority of vehicles will be deployed by the end of 2018) and FCEV mileage
will be accumulated rapidly (in Paris and Brussels mileages will be over 90,000 km/year; and in London mileages
will be over 40,000 km/year). These applications mean that vehicle performance will be tested to the limit, allowing
a demonstration of the technical readiness of new generation FCEVs for high usage applications. The vehicles will
be supported by existing and planned HRS. ZEFER will complement these ambitious deployments with robust data
collection, analysis of the business cases and technical performance of the deployments. A targeted dissemination
campaign will aim to replicate the business cases across Europe.

Project details
Topic: 
FCH-01-6-2017 Large scale demonstration of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) road vehicles operated in fleet(s
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Research & Innovation Action
Start date: 
Friday, September 1, 2017
End date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Duration: 
60 months
Project cost: 
25,883,005.00€
Project funding: 
4,998,843.00€
Coordinator: 

ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED, United Kingdom

Other participating organisations: 
Name Country
ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED United Kingdom
SOCIETE DU TAXI ELECTRIQUE PARISIEN  France
BREATH Belgium
AIR LIQUIDE ADVANCED BUSINESS  France
AIR LIQUIDE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SA France
GREEN TOMATO CARS LIMITED United Kingdom
MAYOR'S OFFICE FOR POLICING AND CRIME  United Kingdom
ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED United Kingdom
CENEX - CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR LOW CARBON AND FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES United Kingdom
LINDE AG Germany
BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT Germany
COMMUNE DE PARIS France

 

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