New forms of energy for carbon-free mobility


Climate change has set into motion a global crisis that will require radical responses, including drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Europe has set the ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Motor vehicles are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions (26% in France), mainly due to the fact that most vehicles are still powered by conventional combustion engines that run on fossil-based fuels. The transportation sector is also a major source of air pollution. Citizens are becoming increasingly concerned with air quality, creating additional pressure to shift to carbon-free mobility. The development of vehicles powered by alternative renewable fuels (electricity, gas, etc.) that produce zero (or minimal) greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants has emerged as a public health issue with the capacity to improve air quality and reduce noise pollution, as a way to fight global warming, and to help guarantee France’s energy independence.


For many years, Tenerrdis has supported clean mobility projects in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Tomorrow’s mobility will depend on an energy mix capable of responding to a variety of needs including electric (battery, hydrogen, hybrid) and bio-natural-gas vehicles.


Infrastructure development will be a major enabler in the emergence of tomorrow’s mobility solutions.


To strike the optimal balance between service and cost, tomorrow’s mobility infrastructure will be multi-fuel, with electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen and natural gas fueling stations. For hydrogen-powered vehicles, the issue of “green” hydrogen production is crucial—the challenge is to make the entire chain carbon-free from well to wheel.


Did you know…

Tenerrdis has been coordinating the HyWay,project since 2014. A fleet of around 50 electric-powered Renault Kangoo utility vehicles outfitted with hydrogen range extenders is gradually being rolled out for testing in the Grenoble and Lyon, France areas. Two hydrogen fueling stations have also been built in Grenoble and Lyon to serve the fleet. This is a unique project and the first of its kind to test both vehicles and infrastructure.