Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, presented a scheme amounting to around €23.5 million ($26.09 million) to accelerate the uptake of hydrogen mobility in Germany. The scope of the funded projects ranges from forklift trucks to equipping a ride-pooling fleet as well as the development of a hydrogen bus and a fuel-cell-powered street sweeper.
The funding is part of the National Innovation Program 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 fields of application.
GHT Mobility GmbH (CleverShuttle) will receive €754,622 ($837,630) for the procurement of 50 fuel cell vehicles to develop an innovative mobility offering based on IT-optimised ride pooling. Deutsche Post DHL Group are to receive a little less than €10 million ($11.1 million) to procure 500 fuel cell vehicles as a part of its Street Scooter brand for use in the parcel delivery service at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
MAN and Shell along with Anleg GmbH and TU Braunschweig have secured a little over €8 million ($8.88 million) to develop and test fuel cell system as well as a mobile and self-sufficient refuelling device for application in heavy commercial vehicles sector. FAUN Environmental Technology GmbH & Co. KG will receive almost €5.2 million ($5.77 million) for the development of hydrogen-based fuel cell fuel garbage collection trucks and sweepers. EvoBus GmbH will use the funding of nearly €3.3 million ($$3.66 million) for the development of a battery electric city bus with range extension by a fuel cell. Günsel Fördertechnik and Fahrzeugbau GmbH have received over €1 million ($1.11 million) to procure 89 hydrogen-powered industrial trucks for intra-logistic use at the BMW Leipzig plant.
In the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology NIP II (2016 2026), the Federal Government is supporting the transport sector-wide procurement of applications with hydrogen and fuel cell technology. By 2019, funds amounting to around €250 million ($277.5 million) have already been spent; the financial programming in the budget 2019 envisages another €481 million ($533.91 million) expenditure by 2022. In the first phase of the NIP (2006 2016), the Federal Government and industry have already provided a total of €1.4 billion ($1.55 billion) for technology promotion and demonstration projects.
The Federal Government supports the expansion target of 100 filling stations by 2020 in collaboration with NOW GmbH. In the first phase of the NIP (2006 2016), 50 public hydrogen refueling stations were promoted. In 2018 NIP 2 was granted 20 additional service stations via a first call for support. The majority of the 75 gas stations currently in operation today are in the hands of the industrial joint venture H2 Mobility.
The Federal Government plans to present the National Hydrogen Strategy by the end of the year.