EU publishes new regulation on approval for hydrogen power vehicles

The European Union published a new regulation in the 18th May 2010 Official Journal, which establishes the fundamental provisions on requirements for the approval of motor vehicles with regard to hydrogen propulsion, for the approval of hydrogen components and hydrogen systems and for the installation of such components and systems.

From entry into force of the present Regulation manufacturers should be able to apply for the EC whole-vehicle type-approval of hydrogen-powered vehicles on a voluntary basis. However, some of the separate Directives in the context of EU-wide type-approval procedures under Directive 2007/46/EC or some of their requirements will not apply to hydrogen-powered vehicles, since the technical characteristics of hydrogen-powered vehicles differ significantly from conventional ones, for which those type-approval Directives were essentially designed. Pending the amendment of those Directives to include specific provisions and test procedures on hydrogen-powered vehicles, this Regulation sets out transitional provisions in order to exempt hydrogen-powered vehicles from some of the requirements.

Adopting harmonised rules on hydrogen receptacles, including receptacles designed to use liquid hydrogen, is necessary in order to ensure that hydrogen vehicles can be refuelled throughout the Community in a safe and reliable manner.  This Regulation does so and the measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Technical Committee — Motor Vehicles.

The full text of this Regulation is available in PDF format from EURLex by clicking here.

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