Objectives of MobyPost


MobyPost stands for mobility and post... As a matter of principle, post is mobile. So, you may wonder what MobyPost is precisely aiming for! Keyword is: sustainability.

MobyPost project wants to contribute to make our vehicles more adapted to a sustainable development which takes account of environment and man. So, why not start with a service that concerns all of us and which we have to do with every day: our post and our postman.


How can it work?

MobyPost proposes to develop the concept of electric vehicles powered by fuel cells for delivery application as well as a local hydrogen production and associated refuelling apparatus from a renewable primary energy source. For that purpose, photovoltaic generator installed in industrial buildings will be used to produce hydrogen by electrolysis on site.


So, the first core element of this environmentally friendly and novel project is the development of ten electric vehicles. They will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and conceived and designed for post delivery use. They will be silent and only reject water produced during the transformation of hydrogen into electricity by the embedded fuel cell.
Their design will take account of ergonomic factors to optimally suit to requirements imposed by this specific activity and its effect on postman’s physical condition.


The development of two hydrogen production and refuelling stations is a second core component of MobyPost. These will be built in the French region Franche-Comté, where photovoltaic (PV) generators will be installed in two buildings owned by project partner La Poste and dedicated to postal services.
One station is composed of one photovoltaic generator which feeds an electrolyser where hydrogen is produced. Hydrogen is then stored on site in gaseous form in a low pressure tank where vehicles can directly be refilled. Vehicles are then ready for postal delivery.


The whole hydrogen production chain and the vehicles are equipped during a testing phase in real working conditions. This allows to measure the system’s performance and identify the technological progress that still needs to be achieved.


MobyPost follows a global approach by taking into consideration a wide range of aspects to develop a unique autonomous system. The aims of the project can be summarised as follows:

  • Enable a sustainable mobility concept based on a solar-to-wheel solution by developing ten fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) meeting ecological requirements for the future
  • Develop a concept for FCEV aimed at improving ergonomics of postal delivery vehicles
  • Design and build two autonomous stationary hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure sites, each of them capable of feeding 5 fuel cell electric vehicles all year round
  • Demonstrate the relevance and reliability of the system, improve the lifetime of the developed solution in real working conditions
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of postal delivery

Technological breakthroughs

Thanks to its novel technology that can be summarized as a solar-to-wheel concept, MobyPost enables a significant progress of actual state-of-the-art, including:

  • A complete solar-to-wheel solution developing an innovative concept for fuel cell electric vehicles and incorporating hydrogen production into existing postal buildings for its utilisation on the spot
  • Fuel cell electric vehicle used every day on heavy duty cycle and under demanding climatic conditions (including summer and winter time)
  • Autonomous energy production: Hydrogen is produced in an autonomous way by coupling an electrolyser to solar energy and it is directly available to be used by MobyPost vehicles
  • Guaranteed safety with low pressure storage: MobyPost implements metal hydride tanks for hydrogen storage, which considerably improves the safety onboard




Positive repercussions of the project will be tangible on many aspects, be they environmental, societal or economical:

  • Contribution to the attainment of EU’s objectives in terms of sustainable development and environment protection
  • Transfer of developed technologies to other delivery services
  • Acceleration and effective support of FCEV industry’s emergence and consolidation
  • Dissemination of project outcomes at local and European scales in order to promote innovative and sustainable transportation means



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(last update: November 18, 2015)
  • Definition of system requirements
  • Simulation and modelling studies of powertrain
  • Style and ergonomic studies
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Definition of system requirements
  • Dimensioning of equipment
  • Safety and regulation analysis
  • Design of monitoring system
  • Final design and test of powertrain
  • Construction of vehicles
  • Homologation

  • Photovoltaic generator installation
  • Modification work on existing buildings
  • Installation of electrolyser, H2 storage,
    H2 refuelling station
  • Certification
  • Training for postmen
  • Field tests
  • Data analysis
  • Dissemination
     & knowledge transfer