Under the project HyWay, France will deploy 50 fuel cell light commercial vehicles around 2 hydrogen distribution stations in Lyon and Grenoble. The project is jointly supported by the government (DREALs and ADEME) and the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes .
The 18-month project will use 50 Kangoo ZEs fitted with fuel cells. Seven industrial partners, alongside the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), are conducting this demonstration project: Air Liquide; the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR); Gas Electricité de Grenoble (GEG); McPhy; PUS (Cofely Services); STEF; and Symbio FCELL.
The Rhône-Alpes region was chosen for its high concentration of key stakeholders in the field of hydrogen energy—some 80% of French stakeholders in the field. These are members of the consortium Mobility Hydrogen France, which has devised a national implementation plan, including HyWay.
In a second phase, the project provides for the development and production of hydrogen from local renewable energy.