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The introduction of hydrogen-powered vehicles will result in substantial environmental benefits, if the hydrogen is produced using renewable energy sources. The main objective of the Regulation on hydrogen vehicles is to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market of these advanced environment-friendly vehicles by specifying harmonised requirements and thus ensuring a high level of public safety.

The Regulation on hydrogen sets out safety requirements for hydrogen components and systems that store hydrogen in liquid or gaseous (compressed) phase to ensure the safe and reliable functioning of hydrogen vehicles, which are powered either by hydrogen stored on board at cryogenic temperature or under very high pressure.

Common rules facilitate the approval and placing on the market of hydrogen cars, buses and trucks, which will in turn result in higher environmental benefits. EC type-approval will be mandatory for new hydrogen vehicle types and components as of February 2011 and for all new hydrogen vehicles and components sold as of February 2012.

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