»Hydrogen, fuel cells and electricity move the future. We have seen many studies and pilot projects in recent years. We need them now in real terms on the road - because today we have to convince citizens that the technology works and is a real milestone towards the CO2-neutral mobility of tomorrow«, said Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
The funding is part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), with which the Federal Government has been investing in research and development since 2006. The programme is intended to support the first products required for market activation in various application areas.
The 23.5 million euros will be distributed as follows: The Post subsidiary StreetScooter will receive almost ten million euros for 500 fuel cell vehicles. A good eight million euros will go to MAN and Shell. Together with Anleg and TU Braunschweig, the two companies plan to develop a fuel cell system including a self-sufficient refuelling system for heavy commercial vehicles. In addition, the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus will receive around 3.4 million euros for the development of a battery-electric city bus with fuel cell as a range-extender. In addition, funds are being donated to Faun Umwelttechnik for waste collection vehicles and fuel cell driven sweepers as well as Günsel, which intends to purchase 89 fuel cell trucks for intralogistics at the BMW plant in Leipzig.