Project Title: Hydrogen as safe and reliable energy range extender for electric duty vehicle
Duration: 8 months (01/05/2022 – 31/12/2022)
Description & Objectives: One of the main problems of utility electric vehicle is the limited battery capacity that determines the so-called range anxiety. Fast charging and increasing capacity are not sustainable solutions, since fast charging accelerates battery ageing, while increasing capacity relies on limited raw material in a still unprepared decommissioning battery value chain. In the meantime, a new way to manufacture FCH and electrolyzer is opening a new hope for electromobility.
H2GO is an 8 months EIT Urban Mobility KIC co-funded project, that aims to retrofit a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) into a HydrogenBEV and demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen adoption in several urban applications where the BEV might face some challenges in terms of range, cost and limited charging infrastructure. H2GO will in the end provide an optimized FCH stack, easy to be integrated as a range extender. Through a series of interrelated tasks, H2GO will demonstrate the capacity starting from two market ready products to:
- be able to improve FCH energy efficiency installing an innovative blower;
- develop an easy range extender system capable to be installed as ALKE’ BEV retrofit kit.
H2GO aims to launch a new prototype that will contribute to move toward a new era. H2GO not only answers the demand for green vehicles, with high capacity and long-range capabilities, but also aims to increase the willingness of OEMs to embrace this technological transition.
Project partnership consists of the following bodies:
Agenzia per l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (AESS) – lead partner
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas CERTH/HIT
City of Venice
HIT key role and responsibilities: HIT participates in the project as partner and it is responsible for developing a methodology suitable for identifying:
- the optimal locations for hydrogen stations in the city of Venice
- the logistics markets that the H2GO vehicle could successfully penetrate.
Project website: https://h2go.site/about/
Dr. Georgia Ayfantopoulou