In partnership with the “Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)” (the French Deposit and Consignments fund), Europe is allocating more than €37 million (around $38 million) to clean mobility projects (including hydrogen stations) and that are located in France.
Within the framework of its call for projects “CEF – Transport – Alternative fuels infrastructure facility (AFIF)” which aims to develop sustainable transport infrastructures in Europe, the European Commission has announced the selection of five projects in France for which it will allocate more than €37.1 million in subsidies, to which the “Caisse des Dépôts” will provide €33.5 million in funding (around $34.4 million). These projects apply both to battery-electric mobility (RATP’s Bus 2025 programme, electrification of ground operations at Montpellier Méditerranée Airport) and hydrogen.
One of the projects supported is Hype Network Paris 2024, developed by the Hype taxi company. It will receive a subsidy of €14.68 million (about $15.1 million). This project will also be financed by the “Banque des Territoires” (a department of the CDC) for an estimated investment of €10 million (about $10.3 million) and will enable the deployment of a network of 10 green hydrogen refuelling stations in Paris and its inner suburbs. These stations will be used for Hype’s blue taxis, but also for last-mile logistics, light commercial vehicles, refuse lorries and heavy goods vehicles as they come onto the market.
Another emblematic project is that of Dijon Mobility H2 carried out by Dijon Métropole Smart Energhy. It has been selected for a subsidy of €6.99 million (about $7.2 million), combined with a financing from the “Banque des Territoires” for a similar amount to build two hydrogen stations. These stations will enable the city’s buses and refuse lorries to be fuelled with a locally produced, climate-friendly fuel.
In addition, Hynamics has been chosen for the Mob’hyZee project, which has received a €10.2 million subsidy from the European Commission (about $10.5 million). This project is also financed by the “Banque des Territoires” via an investment of €11.3 million (about $11.6 million). It will strengthen the development of low-carbon hydrogen distribution infrastructures in France on a north-south axis, thanks to a station located in Dunkirk, two in the Paris region and one in Cannes.
Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King