Mobility: H2Ouest – Leading the way
The ACO’s hydrogen strategy extends beyond the circuit. It applies to a broad array of everyday mobility solutions: HGV, vans, company fleets, public transport, rail, ferries, aeroplanes etc. Widespread green hydrogen production and use requires a distribution network. The ACO is therefore part of the H2Ouest project group with Vendée Energie, Sydev, Lhyfe and Le Mans Métropole, with the support of the Pays de la Loire regional council. H2Ouest is building green hydrogen fuel stations and production sites throughout the region. With support from local authorities, the ACO filling stationH2 led the way. Located near the aerodrome in Le Mans, the station currently supplies the local bus system, refuse collection vehicles and company fleets and will open to the public later. This year the race village was powered by H2 generators, and the organisers use a Toyota Mirai (hydrogen fuel cell vehicle) for business travel. Several projects in collaboration with start-ups are in the pipeline.
The ACO is working with the European Commission on the topic of hydrogen, contributing to local, national and international initiatives on refuelling, training, drawing up standards and raising awareness. Following on from the November 2019 letter of intention co-signed with FCH JU and Hydrogen Europe, we strengthened ties with EU representatives, namely Henrik Hololei (DG MOVE), Mauro Petriccione (DG CLIMA, who recently passed away) and the city of Le Mans received a visit from Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. As part of our mission, we offer fun educational courses, training and information sessions on road safety, environmental protection and the importance of low-carbon transport, starting now. Being passionate about cars does not mean being irresponsible.