Overarching progress beyond the current state of the art and gaps preventing full commercialisation


This report summarises the H2ME initiative learnings, and provides recommendations for projects looking to commercialise the technology.

  • The H2ME initiative is a flagship European project, deploying hundreds of fuel cell hydrogen cars and vans and the associated refuelling infrastructure, across 9 countries in Europe. It creates the basis for a first truly pan-European network, and contributes to building the world’s largest network of H2 refuelling stations.
  • The project is made up of two phases, H2ME -1, which started in 2015, and H2ME-2, which will end in 2023. Over the course of these two phases, more than 1,400 vehicles and 45 hydrogen refuelling stations will be deployed. The deployments are intended to jump start the drive towards fuel cell vehicles and establish the conditions in which fuel cell vehicles and the underlying refuelling stations can thrive.
  • The project is being supported by the European Union through the Clean Hydrogen Partnership (previously, FCH 2 JU) but is driven by the continuous engagement of the industry.
  • This documents provides a summary of the progress achieved by the industry on the key technical and commercial aspects needed to secure the commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in Europe, as a result of H2ME and other development projects since the H2ME project began in 2015.
  • This report is the 3rd interim report on the topic of Overarching progress beyond the current state of the art and gaps preventing full commercialisation. There will be one final iteration published in 2023 upon project completion, which will add to the initial findings from this and previous reports.
  • All sections have been updated and the following new sections have been included: Comparative review of status of US and Asian markets, comparative review of BEV market and review of policy context in EU.

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