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Major automotive manufacturers investing in hydrogen technologies

Written by Kfir Kedem - July 20, 2020

Edited by Asaf Kedem

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking has started the European initiative of practically implementing hydrogen fuel cell technology within Europe. Hydrogen fuel cells power electric vehicles and have several advantages over batteries. Some of these include drastic differences in weight, charging time, and recyclability.

The initiative is called HyFIVE. Hy stands for hydrogen, and FIVE comes from the partnership of five leading automotive companies who have decided to come together to lead the innovation of hydrogen electric vehicles. These are none other than BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota. Together they have agreed to collectively release 115 hydrogen electric vehicles in the early 2020’s.

The HyFIVE initiative also includes infrastructure companies. These companies are deploying six new hydrogen charging stations. They are also working to connect them to the already existing twelve charging stations in order to create a hydrogen charging network. These charging stations will be deployed in key regions in Europe as the goal of HyFIVE is to allow people to drive their hydrogen electric vehicles on routes such as UK to Austria with zero worries in regard to charging.

Auto Trendy’s take:

If you’ve read several of our previous articles regarding hydrogen power, you can probably see that we’re very supportive of this technology. As such, we’re very excited to see such initiatives taking place! For now, people would be able to drive their everyday passenger vehicles across Europe with no worries, but this will lead to greater options. For example, electric trucks will be able to drive long haul routes without having to worry about compromising their payload abilities. We will be reporting on the progress of the HyFIVE initiative and hope to see its success.