New hydrogen-powered urban logistics in France via the last mile project

Akuo Energy, a French IPP in renewable energy, and Atawey, a French manufacturer of decentralised hydrogen refuelling stations, are set to deploy 33 refuelling stations across France.

The stations will provide fuel for 400 hydrogen-powered vehicles of JCDecaux, Galeries Lafayette and other companies in zero-emission urban mobility. In February 2017 the European Commission launched the “CEF Transport Blending MAP Call” to finance innovative and sustainable projects to modernise European transport infrastructure.

The call for proposals is in line with the European Commission’s intention of proving its citizens with sustainable mobility solutions and its 2050 decarbonisation strategy. Project Co-ordinator Akuo Energy, and its partners Atawey, JCDecaux and Galeries Lafayette have been selected in the “Innovation” category with Last Mile, a project enabling the wide-scale deployment of a network of green, compact and decentralised hydrogen refuelling stations.

In this respect, the companies will benefit from a European Union subsidy of €7m. “This partnership is another milestone for Akuo Energy, whose aim is to make renewable energy available to all. This operation will allow Akuo and its partners to give local regions a certain level of autonomy over mobility,” said Eric Scotto, Chairman and Co-founder of Akuo Energy.

The Last Mile project guarantees an affordable and stable hydrogen price. More than 400 hydrogen-powered vehicles will enable 1,182tonnes of CO2 to be avoided per year. Meaning over a 15-year project life cycle, the reduction of CO2 emissions will be almost 35,500tonnes. Auko Energy will work with Atawey on the project. With Last Mile, JCDecaux, is implementing the transition of its fleet to hydrogen-powered vehicles. The partner of the Last Miles solution is striving to make zero-emission mobility possible.

"Alongside our partners, we are delighted to be a stakeholder in the wonderful project that will meet the expectations of a sustainable number of urban areas,” said Jean-Charles Decaux, Chairman of the Executive Board and Co-CEO of JCDecaux