100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

The European Hydrogen Association visited this year’s European Motor Show on January 20th, in Brussels.

Each car manufacturer underlined energy efficiency by presenting at least one low emissions vehicle, most often hybrid or fully electric vehicles.

In a 1200 m2 pavilion visitors are able to test drive 11 different electric cars:

Citroen C-Zero, Fiat Micro Vett Fiorino, Estrima Biro, Smart ED, Simplycity ELV (Philco), Mitsubishi i-Miev, Peugeot iOn, Renault Fluence, Renault Kangoo, Volvo C30 and Buddy.

EHA staff took the opportunity to test drive a Smart ED. It was an exciting and intriguing experience although reflecting on the experience, we would have liked to test drive all around the city.

In others halls Opel, Renault, and Citroen exposed their futuristic concept cars: the Opel Ampera and the Flextreme GT/E, the Renault Dazira and Renault Zoe, the Citroen Survolt. Avery interesting concept in the Citroen and Opel stands is the possibility to see an electric car without external body and see how the battery is and how it works.

Other electric cars are being presented by Daimler (Electric Smart),  Nissan (Nissan Leaf),  Ford (Ford Transit), Peugeot (iOn),  Mitsubishi (i-Miev), Volvo (Volvo C30),  Citroen (C-zero) and Renault (Fluence) and  (Kangoo). Electric cars and vans are exposed also by Philco and Greenwaco.  Hybrid cars on display include the Toyota Auris, Toyota Prius, the Honda CR-Z hybridsport, the Lexus CT 200, the Volskvagen Touareg 4×4, the BMW Concept S-series and Iveco vans.

The motor show will continue until 23 January. Although,  no hydrogen fuel cell vehicles were present this year EHA hopes to see hydrogen present in the following years!