Introduction

May 2010 offered many proofs of product and policy that will put the use of hydrogen more visibly on Europe’s map. The Drive and Ride event on the eve of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference on May 16, organised by Energie im Wandel, the German National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell programme NOW’s promotional campaign, saw German families hop into various fuel cells SUV’s and hit the Autobahn. On the policy level the EU Competitiveness Council in its conclusion on May 25 on the Clean and Eenrgy Efficient Vehicles Strategy (COM2010/189)  recognized that “hydrogen vehicles remain a valid ultra-low-carbon mobility option in the mediumterm perspective, as affordability of the car and of the fuel is achieved; also noted that hydrogen vehicles and electric vehicles are mutually complementary”. The Spanish presidency inaugurated four more European Industrial Initiatives (EII’s) under the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan on Wind, Solar, Smart grids and CCS  that will need direct links with the first of these initiatives, the Joint Undertaking  on fuel cells and hydrogen that will publish its third call for proposals this June.
All of this  inspired the EHA to send a request to EU vice president Antoio Tajani to for a seat in the Cars 21 High Level Group that will steer the Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles strategy into action.
This year’s 10th EHA Annual General Assembly and EHA National Association Action Meeting  on June 22, 2010 in the Palais des Academies, Rue Ducale 1 in Brussels, promises therefore to be the kick-start of a new era of engagement of our national association members in working with industry  to convince national and local authorities to step up their support for hydrogen infrastructure development. Registration for the EHA National Association Action Meeting starting at 1400 on June 22 is open at info@h2euro.org.

European Commission is preparing draft for new Energy Tax .
20 May, 2010  The European Commission is working on a new draft for a long awaited Energy Tax that could help alieviate the looming debt crisis in some EU Member States  More info >>
EHA submits input to COWI study on the review of the SEVESO II Directive
15 May, 2010 EHA industry members acted swiftly to provide the EU Commission with detailed input on their operations to sustain the joint EHA/EIGA request to adapt the tresholds.. More info >>
EC Communications analysis costs and benefits of 30% CO2 reduction target
26 May, 2010 On May 26 the the European Commission presented  an analysis of the costs, benefits and options for moving beyond the EU's greenhouse gas reduction target.. More info >>
Competitiveness Council of the EU confirms hydrogen vehicles as ultra-low-carbon mobility option
25 May, 2010 The EU Competitiveness Council on May 25, 2010 indicated in its conclusions on the EU Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles Strategy that "hydrogen vehicles remain a.. More info >>
Implementing measures published of EU Regulation on homologation of H2 vehicles
18 May, 2010 On May 18, 2010 the European Union published the implementing Regulation (EC) No 79/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on type-approval of hydrogen-powered motor.. More info >>
15 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles as WHEC Ride & Drive Event
16 - 20 May, 2010 During the WHEC 2010 May 16-20, 2010 in Essen one of the largest Ride & Drive-events for fuel cell and hydrogen vehicles took place More info >>
Opening of State-of-the-art H2 refuelling station in Berlin
29 May, 2010 Berlin, 12 May 2010. Germany in the Year of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2010: In the lead up to the World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) in Essen, the Clean Energy Partnership, a syndicate of thirteen global corporations, sends an important signal. CEP partners Linde, Statoil and TOTAL expand the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany by opening a new H2 fuelling station on Holzmarktstrasse in Berlin. The high-tech fueling station is equipped to offer long-term fuel supply to over 40 cars and commuter buses presently being tested by the CEP.
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A $50,000 Hydrogen Car on the market by 2015
18 May, 2010 Toyota has managed to cut the cost of making a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by 90% in the past five years. “Our target is, we don’t lose money with introduction of the vehicle,” said Yoshihiko Masuda, Toyota’s managing director for advanced autos. In result the automaker plans to offer a $50,000 hydrogen-powered vehicle by 2015.
The hydrogen announcement from Toyota, which has had a nearly singular focus on hybrids, is the latest move in a high-stakes chess game regarding green auto technology.
Toyota  has cut hydrogen fuel cell costs by reducing platinum use to about one-third the previous level and finding cheaper ways to produce the thin film used in the fuel cells and the carbon-fiber hydrogen fuel tanks.
Some experts point to range and efficiency advantages that fuel cell cars have over gasoline or battery-powered vehicles. Nonetheless, high costs and lack of hydrogen refueling infrastructure remain major obstacles to affordable and practical fuel cell cars.
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