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Hydrogen-powered vehicles — type-approval rules

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Hydrogen-powered vehicles — type-approval rules

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 79/2009 on type-approval of hydrogen-powered motor vehicles

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WHAT DOES THIS REGULATION DO?

It establishes manufacturing requirements for hydrogen-powered vehicles used to carry passengers and goods and for their components and systems.

KEY POINTS

  • Manufacturers must
    • demonstrate that all new hydrogen-powered vehicles sold, registered or put into service in the EU and their component parts comply with the legislation
    • provide approval authorities with appropriate information on the vehicles’ specifications and test conditions
    • provide the necessary information for when hydrogen components and systems are inspected during vehicle servicing.
  • Manufacturers must ensure hydrogen components and systems
    • can withstand electrical, mechanical, thermal and chemical operating conditions without leaking or becoming deformed
    • are protected against overly high pressures
    • can reliably withstand expected temperatures and pressures during their lifetime
    • are designed in such a way that they can be installed and protected against damage.
  • The legislation contains specific test procedures for different types of hydrogen containers and components.
  • The European Commission has the authority to adopt implementing measures such as the detailed rules for the various tests and the information manufacturers must supply.

FROM WHEN DOES THIS REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 24 February 2011.

ACT

Regulation (EC) No 79/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 January 2009 on type-approval of hydrogen-powered motor vehicles, and amending Directive 2007/46/EC (OJ L 35, 4.2.2009, pp. 32–46)

RELATED ACT

Commission Regulation (EU) No 406/2010 of 26 April 2010 implementing Regulation (EC) No 79/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on type-approval of hydrogen-powered motor vehicles (OJ L 122, 18.5.2010, pp. 1–107). Successive amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 406/2010 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 630/2012 of 12 July 2012 amending Regulation (EC) No 692/2008, as regards type-approval requirements for motor vehicles fuelled by hydrogen and mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas with respect to emissions, and the inclusion of specific information regarding vehicles fitted with an electric power train in the information document for the purpose of EC type-approval (OJ L 182, 13.7.2012, pp. 14–26)

last update 21.03.2016

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