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Draft proposal for a regulation on hydrogen powered motor vehicles

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED - deadline for submission was 15 September 2006

Stakeholder consultation on a preliminary draft proposal for a regulation on hydrogen powered motor vehicles

Consultation results

1. Introduction

The Commission services have produced a preliminary draft proposal for a Regulation on hydrogen powered motor vehicles pdf - 87 KB [87 KB] . The objective of the draft is to lay down harmonised testing requirements for the type-approval of hydrogen powered vehicles.

2. Scope and objectives

This consultation seeks to gather the views of all interested parties on the Commission's draft proposal for a Regulation on hydrogen powered vehicles. The purpose of this exercise is to receive feedback prior to the finalisation of the proposal.

3. Background

Hydrogen can be used in mobile applications like cars, delivery vehicles and buses. With the use of hydrogen, a clean energy carrier, either directly or in fuel-cell systems in vehicles, there are no carbon emissions (carbon monoxide, unburnt hydrocarbons or particulates) in the exhaust pipe. Thus, using hydrogen will contribute to the improvement of air quality in cities. Additionally, no greenhouse gases are produced from motor vehicles.

Today, major car manufacturers are making important investments in developing hydrogen propulsion technologies, and are developing plans for offering vehicles on a commercial basis.

In this regard, the most important aspect is the safe operation of hydrogen powered vehicles on the roads of Europe, since hydrogen is a highly flammable substance.

The proposed Regulation will aim to ensure the safe operation of hydrogen powered vehicles by incorporating them in the European vehicle type-approval framework through establishing safety requirements for the hydrogen storage system of these vehicles. The proposal will permit the approval and placing on the market of vehicles using hydrogen and will contribute to the confidence in the new technology for potential users and the public at large.

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