Air pollution: a public health priority

Air pollution in the urban environment represents a major public health and environmental challenge. More than 100,000 premature deaths occur per year in France* due to pollution from fossil fuel combustion, and this is without accounting for the impact of fine particles linked to tyre and brake wear or the impact on the health of our children. - air pollution in urban areas is a major health and environmental issue.

Professional vehicle fleets, such as taxis or equivalent services (T3P**), or goods transport, represent essential services but are the main polluters in urban environments. Indeed, most professional vehicle fleets are still made up of thermal vehicles, often diesel, which travel several hundred kilometres a day.

* Study coordinated by the universities of Harvard, London, Leicester and Birmingham, published in Environmental Research on 9 February 2021
** T3P: private public transport of people, i.e. taxis and passenger car with driver (VTC)

There is an urgent need to foster the massive transition of professional fleets to zero-emission vehicles, i.e. battery electric vehicles (BEV) or fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV)

Battery electric vehicles are unsuitable for many professional uses, notably urban taxi services. Indeed, battery electric vehicles require significant recharging time, which is generally incompatible with a taxi’s intensive and random work pattern.

Hydrogen is an immediately available solution well-adapted to intensive mobility.. The hydrogen-powered or fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) emits neither noise nor pollution, only water vapour. It recharges in 3–5 minutes and has a range of 500 to 700 km. The hydrogen-powered vehicle can be used in the same way as a thermal vehicle and allows taxi drivers to adopt zero-emission without changing their working practices.

Soon, 100% electric "hybrid" vehicles, with a single (electric) engine powered by a reasonably sized rechargeable battery and hydrogen, will offer the best solution in terms of both function and energy.

Scaling up hydrogen mobility

The particularity of hydrogen mobility is that it offers a business acceleration capacity that battery electric vehicles cannot..

With hydrogen, as volumes increase, the more competitive and easy it is to deploy the relevant infrastructure, whereas, with battery electric vehicles, the more volumes increase, the more difficult deployment becomes.

This is why Hype is rapidly deploying its green hydrogen production and distribution network, open to all, with taxis as the first market. The initiative will accelerate the massive transition of on-demand transport and other professional mobility (such as commercial vehicles, buses, and heavy goods vehicles) to zero-emission.

Hype – a catalyst providing industrial partners with rapid and qualified feedback

By rapidly deploying a complete ecosystem on an appropriate scale, Hype's ambition is to act as a catalyst and accelerator for the various players in the hydrogen sector (existing and new entrants), to test, deploy and make their solutions reliable under the right conditions, not only on the production and distribution side but also on the usage and vehicle side.

In a co-development approach, Hype is forging industrial partnerships with leading players who have also prioritised decarbonising our societies, improving air quality and reducing noise in cities.

Hype aims to enable its partners to benefit from its unique expertise across the whole hydrogen mobility ecosystem, both in terms of the different types of vehicles and the production and distribution infrastructures. Such collaborative effort will make it possible to pool and rapidly increase the volumes of use and provide complete solutions to cities wishing to invest in hydrogen mobility.

Hype a player supporting the French hydrogen industry

Through Hype, we aim at contributing to creating a French zero-emission mobility offer, industrial, integrated and active on the entire value chain. This offer will create qualified employment, become a source of new technologies and opportunities for export.


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