European Community (Directive) (EC)

Regulation (EC) No. 79/2009



The European Parliament and The Council of the European Union


Regulation (EC) No. 79/2009
Type-approval of hydrogen-powered motor vehicles, and amending Directive 2007/46/EC 















This Regulation establishes requirements for the type- approval of motor vehicles with regard to hydrogen propulsion and for the type-approval of hydrogen components and hydrogen systems. This Regulation also establishes requirements for the installation of such components and systems.


This Regulation shall apply to:

  1. hydrogen-powered vehicles of categories M and N, as defined in Section A of Annex II to Directive 2007/46/EC, including impact protection and the electric safety of such vehicles;
  2. hydrogen components designed for motor vehicles of categories M and N, as listed in Annex I;
  3. hydrogen systems designed for motor vehicles of categories M and N, including new forms of hydrogen storage or usage.


Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 of the EU parliament and of the council of 27 November 2019 on type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers, and systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, as regards their general safety and the protection of vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users, amending Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Regulations (EC) No 78/2009, (EC) No 79/2009 and (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Regulations (EC) No 631/2009, (EU) No 406/2010, (EU) No 672/2010, (EU) No 1003/2010, (EU) No 1005/2010, (EU) No 1008/2010, (EU) No 1009/2010, (EU) No 19/2011, (EU) No 109/2011, (EU) No 458/2011, (EU) No 65/2012, (EU) No 130/2012, (EU) No 347/2012, (EU) No 351/2012, (EU) No 1230/2012 and (EU) 2015/166” repeals EC79 as of July 1, 2022. This regulation specifies that UN Regulation No. 134 on uniform provision concerning the approval of motor vehicles and their components with regard to the safety-related performance of hydrogen-fueled vehicles (HFCV) (11) (‘UN Regulation No 134’) currently also applies in the Union in respect of type-approval of hydrogen systems in motor vehicles.   

So, EC79 is still acceptable on the market, if not even still much more           desirable. Fact is UN134 is much less flexible in terms of replacing certified/type approved components. Type approvals per UN134 are also much more expensive and difficult to achieve.





Implemented April 26, 2010: