EU launches proposals to help hydrogen cars

European commission creates public-private partnership to drive research; simplifies type approval

Hydrogen-powered cars stand to benefit from two proposals launched by the European commission in Brussels on Wednesday. One creates a public-private partnership to drive research into hydrogen power. The other recommends bringing hydrogen cars into the EU's standard vehicle type approval system.

"It [hydrogen technology] will bring us cleaner air and reduce our dependence on fuel imports," said EU industry commissioner Günter Verheugen. He said the new technology could boost Europe's competitiveness.

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