Copenhagen mayors driving fuel cell electric cars

It is widely recognised that green solutions for especially the transport sector are crucial for the green transition in our big cities. Hydrogen for transport is key in this development. Now Copenhagen public fleet is becoming greener also thanks to support from the FCH JU.

On Tuesday May 22nd Hyundai Denmark handed over two fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to two Copenhagen Mayors: the Mayor of Social Services, Mia Nyegaard and the Mayor of Employment and Integration, Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard. The FCEVs will serve as the primary means of transport for the mayors in their official capacities.

Currently the City of Copenhagen has 21 cars. The City is a part of the FCH JU- funded project Hydrogen Mobility Europe 2 (H2ME-2) and has been a first mover worldwide regarding hydrogen for transport. The municipality was launch customer of Hyundai’s iX35 in Europe in 2013, and throughout the H2ME-2 project’s duration till 2021 The City of Copenhagen will increase its fleet of FCEVs.

Using FCEVs ties in well with the green and sustainable profile of Copenhagen as they emit no CO2. The hydrogen is produced through the utilization of excess renewable energy, such as wind, and thus the city can harness and transfer green electricity to the transport sector.

FCH JU Executive Director Bart Biebuyck is very excited to see local politicians taking green responsibility:

“Electric cars running on hydrogen have clear advantages: they are quick to refuel, can drive more than 500km and emit no harmful emission in the atmosphere, because the hydrogen is produced from renewable energy. The example of the two mayors of Copenhagen is a clear signal that decision makers want to play a role in the transition for zero-emission transport and that civil society is asking for a shift towards green mobility solutions, where hydrogen will play a crucial role”.

View the press release here.