Background & context

An increasing number of regions and cities, involved in FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) pilot projects, have gained considerable experience and insight in the requirements for further FCEV and HRS (Hydrogen Refuelling Station) infrastructure roll-out. Huge steps have been taken in the domains of regulatory and technical harmonisation and the engagement of local industries and service companies. These projects have been mainly taking place in larger urban centres ”hotspots” where the first vehicle fleets were located.

In view of the announced first roll-out of series produced FCEV, there is an emerging need to connect and reinforce the first hydrogen ”hot spots”, developed under past and current EU Framework Programs. This implies the transition from isolated hot spots to wider geographical coverage. Currently, there are high entry barriers for new hydrogen infrastructure initiatives. Wider geographical coverage of HRS implies more FCEV traffic and creates demand for new stations, allowing smaller decentralised options.

Major European hydrogen infrastructure companies are ready to benchmark and co-finance the build-up of the first HRS networks along larger TEN T corridors to allow larger numbers of vehicles to travel between cities, thus reinforcing the economic viability for further hydrogen station development.


Hydrogen infrastructure



General outline of the HIT-2-Corridors Action

The HIT-2-Corridors Action provides the crucial next steps to market driven hydrogen infrastructure expansion and interconnectivity along core network corridors, in a way that is broader and more inclusive than ever before in the European context.



An overview of the Activities, their sub-activities and their interdependencies are given below.

1 National implementation studies and plans

New national implementation plans for HRS will be written for Belgium, Finland and Poland. Riga (Latvia) will draft implementation plan for hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) for its region. These new plans will build upon experiences from developing similar plans for Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands and France in the HIT project. In this way, a collective learning process will deliver better and more harmonised plans for the future. The new plans will also gain experience from the Germany NOW program, the UK H2-Mobility program and the Norwegian HyNor program: all three already well advanced in national hydrogen network planning. In HIT-2-Corridors complementing business case studies will be drafted to propel further progress for first-mover regions in Sweden.

See the final reports below:

NIP Belgium
NIP Finland
NIP Poland
Riga Regional Plan (Latvian)
Riga Regional Plan Summary (English)
Case Study Halland – Sweden
Case Study VGR – Sweden

2 Infrastructure realisation / HRS deployment

Three new HRS will be deployed along two TEN-T core network corridors: Scandinavian-Mediterranean and North Sea-Baltic. All HRS have different characteristics and specific innovative elements. These new HRS fill essential missing links between the existing HRS along these two corridors. Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland will be interlinked by two new HRS in Gothenburg and Stockholm. A new HRS in Finland will link Sweden and Finland to the Baltic States. The plans for HRS in Riga will extend the link via Finland towards Poland.

See the monitoring results from the Finnsih and the Swedish HRS’ below:
HRS reporting results

3 Strategic corridor analyses and plans

Hydrogen as a transport fuel has the highest potential for rapid fuelling infrastructure deployment along the TEN-T network. However, rapid deployment is only possible if we at the same time can create a fast expanding customer demand for FCEVs.

These studies will offer important insights and a toolbox for HRS planning for policymakers and infrastructure managers at an early stage of European wide HRS network development, facilitating fact-based and educated planning at EU, national and regional level. Targeted studies will facilitate further market driven roll out of a European HRS network with accompanying initial fuel cell electric vehicle fleets. The Dutch ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment will coordinate this specific activity.

  • HRS network operation and business model: This sub-activity looks at the HRS owner perspective. The result will be a comprehensive handbook on HRS corridor deployment issues.
  • Customer demand management: Starting from the customer perspective – provide a toolbox of options for strengthening customer demand.
  • Hydrogen corridors integration: Seen from the role of cities and regions, an overview of effective measures and lessons-learned for HRS integration in core corridors will be developed.

The Activity 3 report is available below:
Report Activity 3





2015-11-25 - Short movies from Gothenburg inauguration

Short movies from the inauguration in Gothenburg 2015-10-26 are now made available.

See inauguration movie where speaches and interviews are made with and among others Anna Johansson (Swedish Minister of Infrastructure).
See Cecilia Wallmark’s presentation of the HIT-2-Corridors project here.

2015-10-26 - Sweco presentation - HIT projects

Sweco presented short glimps of past, present and future Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport projects.
See ppt-presentation here.

2015-10-26 - Woikoski’s new hydrogen fuelling station opened in Gothenburg, Sweden

Woikoski’s first fuelling station outside Finland began serving users in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Ruskvädersgatan 12 on 26 October. The new hydrogen fuelling station is part of the TEN-T network now under construction in Europe.

Complete text available here.

2015-10-14 - Woikoski introduced new hydrogen fuelling station concept on the TEN-T HIT-2-Corridors Road Tour in Helsinki

Woikoski organized the Road Tour event in Helsinki on 14 October 2015, where they launch new hydrogen refuelling station concept in Port of Vuosaari. The event and Mini-seminar opened Minister of Transportation and Communication Mrs. Anne Berner.

Complete text available here.

2015-10-01 - Zero Emission Bonus in Flanders

The Flemish government has strong ambitions in the transition to a climate neutral transport sector and are using the term “de-dieseling”. Due to the minimal climate impact from electric vehicles the Flemish Vice Prime Minister Annemie Turtelboom and the Minister of agriculture and environment Joke Schauvliege have chosen to implement a Zero Emission Bonus system which includes both BEV:s and FCEV:s. It will be possible to apply for a deduction when purchasing (i.e. not leasing) a FCEV or a BEV during the periode 2016 – 2019. Initially, in 2016, the maximum bonus will be € 5000. Over time it will gradually decrease and end with € 2000 in 2019.

See press release in dutch.

2015-09-21 - Inauguration of the largest HRS in Sweden

Last Thursday, the HRS at Stockholm Arlanda Airport was inaugurated by Bo Dyrvold (CEO AGA). Representatives from both Hyundai and Toyota presented their work with fuel cell vehicles, and also brought cars to the event so that the HRS could be successfully tested.

See press release from AGA – A Member of the Linde Group.

The inauguration received a great amount of publicity in Swedish media (in Swedish):
Ny teknik – Nu är nya vätgasmacken öppen
SvD Näringsliv – Sveriges enda vätgasmack får sällskap
DN – Vätgas tar bilen in i framtiden
MiljöAktuellt – Med infrastrukturen kommer bilarna

See a movie from the inauguration.

2015-07-08 - HIT-2-Corridors Newsletter #1

The first newsletter from the HIT-2-Corridors project is now available here.

2015-06-26 - The future green car is here, fully loaded with benefits

Hydrogen Sweden joins forces with Sweco, Aga, PowerCell, Sandvik and Hyundai to put hydrogen and fuel cells on the agenda at the “Almedalen Week” (see full article in Swedish).

2015-06-25 - Commercialization of the first hydrogen car in Flanders

On, June 25, Hyundai and WaterstofNet gave a press conference following the commercialization of the first hydrogen car for consumers in Flanders. During the event, the Flemish Minister of Energy, Annemie Turtelboom, took a test drive with the Hyundai FCV ix 35 (the car of WaterstofNet). See press release.

2015-06-23 - Spotlight on fuel cells and hydrogen technologies at the
TEN-T days 2015

Two major declarations took place during the TEN-T days 2015

The first one was from the side of innovative first buyers: representatives of 5
national clusters (Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, and UK) have endorsed the
major commitment of about 30 cities to operate together several hundred
hydrogen electric busses.

The second declaration came from the innovative producers and highlighted the
commitment of industrial players towards commercialisation of fuel cell electric
vehicles, underlining the technology readiness, and also for the long distance along
the TEN-T Corridors and Network.

See full press release.



2015-10-14 - Road Tour event in Helsinki

Road Tour event in Helsinki at Gatehouse tower, and Vuosaari Harbour (see program)

2015-10-26 - HRS Inauguration Gothenburg (Sweden)

CHANGED DATE!, NEW DATE MONDAY 26th OCTOBER. Inauguration of the new HRS and Road Tour event in Gothenburg at the premises of PowerCell (see program)

2015-11-04 - Road Tour event and workshop in the Hague

Road Tour event and work shop in the Hague (see Invitatation)


Project partners

Sweco International AB (SE) (coordinator)


Woikoski Oy (FI)

Riga Municipality (LV)

Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (NL)

HyER (Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions) (BE)

Hydrogen Sweden (SE)

Motor Transport Institute (PL)

WaterstofNet (BE)

Partly financed by TEN-T, European Commission