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France to expand its hydrogen infrastructure with 33 refueling stations

The ‘Last Mile’ project will set up a network of green, compact and decentralized hydrogen refueling station across the country.



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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Pablo Plaza

French companies, Akuo Energy, Atawey, JcDecaux and Galleries Lafayette are to deploy 33 refuelling stations in urban and suburban areas of Paris and other French towns and cities, before expanding the project across Europe. These stations will provide fuel for 400 hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The joint project ‘Last Mile’ will expand across Europe once completed in France. Akuo Energy is the project coordinator and, together with the help of its partners - Atawey, JCDecaux and Galeries Lafayette -, the aim is to enable the wide-scale deployment of a network of green, compact and decentralized hydrogen refueling station across the country.

“This operation will give local regions a certain level of autonomy over mobility. It is thanks to carbon-free and decentralised hydrogen and to the complementary areas of expertise of each ‘Last Mile’ player that we are currently moving towards an agile territorial transition”, commented Chairman & Co-founder of Akuo Energy, Eric Scotto.

EU funds for sustainable mobility

In February 2017, the European Commission launched the “CEF Transport Blending MAP Call” to finance innovative and sustainable projects to modernise European transport infrastructures. This call for proposals is in line with the European Commission’s intention of providing its citizens with sustainable mobility solutions and its 2050 decarbonisation strategy.

The Last Mile project was selected in the “Innovation” category. In this respect, they will benefit from a European Union subsidy of €7 million.

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