Hydrogen filling will be easier than ever thanks to Mercedes and the staged expansion of hydrogen (H2) filling stations across Germany, which will bring the total to around 400 by 2023.
The project is the result of a cross-sector joint venture, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, formed by Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total.
Stage one envisages the accelerated set-up of 100 filling stations over the next few years which would make Germany the first country to offer an inter-regional network where fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) can fill up with hydrogen. Therefore investments of around EUR 400 million in total are planned.
The joint venture also forms an integral part of the research project for the further development of hydrogen-powered mobility. H2 MOBILITY is an international leader and has the potential to lend impetus to other countries as they expand their hydrogen infrastructure. For example, the company is a member of the recently formed “Hydrogen Mobility Europe” network.
Electric mobility with fuel cell-powered vehicles will help to cut CO2 emissions significantly – especially when using hydrogen from renewable energy sources, as FCEVs drive locally emission free. The first automotive manufacturers already have FCEVs in production for the German market. Others are to follow. BMW, Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota, as well as the technology company Intelligent Energy are also involved in the joint venture.