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Early markets for hydrogen vehicles. Bridging the gap between R&D and commercialisation
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ECN Policy Studies 30-5-2007
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ECN-M--07-041 Conference Paper
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Presented at: EET-2007 European Ele-Drive Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 30 mei 2007-1 juni 2007.

Early markets for hydrogen vehicles are important to bridge the gap between the phase of R&D and massmarket introduction. New technologies do not necessarily need to comply with the high demanding preference of mass-market users from the start, though they can be first deployed in protected markets where their relative advantage can be utilised most efficiently. Within the EU funded HyLights project potential early markets for hydrogen vehicles are assessed. This is done by mapping potential users of early market applications and by defining their minimal performance level. To compare this minimal performance level with the current performance level of hydrogen technologies, conclusions can be drawn about potential early markets. As hydrogen technologies will develop in time the type of early markets could change in time as well: early markets will evolve gradually towards mass-market application. In order to describe both the requirements of the potential early market users and the performance of the technology analogously, key performance indicators are defined. These indicators describe those aspects of the technology that are of importance for the end user.

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