Just add hydrogen
The H2 Mobility initiative, which comprises Daimler, Shell and gases group Linde, has added two new locations to its 30-strong network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany. The country now boasts the largest hydrogen network in Europe.
Hydrogen refuelling takes between three and five minutes, and the new Sindelfingen and Pforzheim stations have the capacity to supply 40 hydrogen-powered vehicles a day.
H2 Mobility is backed by the government –via the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology – which plans to have around 100 hydrogen stations in operation across the country by 2018.
Further H2 Mobility hydrogen stations are in the pipeline for this year with Shell sites in Wendlingen, Karlsruhe, Munich, Bremen and Kassel set to come online.
“Hydrogen is a very promising technology, and H2 a fuel of the future,” says Stijn van Els, CEO of Shell Deutschland Oil. “We expect that this alternative drive system will play an increasingly important role in markets like Germany, England, Benelux and the USA.”