Hydrogen-fuelled battery electric vehicles as a safe and reliable alternative to electric vehicles

Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 May 2022
  • 31 December 2022
  • AESS
  • €714 236

While electric battery vehicles are becoming a popular alternative to motorised vehicles, they still face some challenges in terms of range, cost, and limited charging infrastructure in some cities. Hydrogen fuel cell batteries could help to tackle these challenges.

A consortia comprised of industry, local government and research partners will explore their use in urban light-duty electric vehicles. As such, the project aims to demonstrate its advantages by retrofitting a battery electric vehicle (BEV) and converting it into a hydrogen battery electric vehicle.


One of the main problems of utility electric vehicles is the limited battery capacity that determines the mileage that the vehicle needs to reach the destination or charging point. Hence, the project promotes hydrogen-fuelled batteries for electric vehicles as a safe and reliable energy alternative to standard electric batteries.

Main Objective

To demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen-fuelled battery electric vehicles, improving energy efficiency and extending the range.


A prototype for an urban light-duty electric vehicle that would be both hydrogen and electric-powered.



Project lead

Francesco Guaraldi
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