Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total form ‘Cross-Sector’ JV
Six industrial companies – Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total – have formed “a cross-sector joint venture” called H2 Mobility Deutschland as a limited partnership to foster a an expansion of hydrogen fueling infrastructure for fuel cell-powered vehicles in Germany.
Their goal is a staged expansion with “the accelerated set-up of 100 filling stations over the next few years” and approximately 400 fueling outlets by 2023. Total investment is estimated at 400 million euros, or about $455 million U.S. at current rates.
Frank Sreball is the managing director of the Berlin-based organization.
“E-mobility must be emotional and shall arouse passion for the drive of the future,” German Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt said in a Tuesday release.
Long Range, Fast Fueling
“Electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer the best conditions,” he said: “You have a long range and can refuel in some minutes. For the market ramp-up of this technology, we now need a comprehensive network of fueling stations for hydrogen…
“I welcome the plans of H2 Mobility to build up 400 hydrogen fueling stations in Germany by 2023.”
‘Technical Innovation and Bold Policies’
“It will take technical innovation and bold policies to transform the global energy system into a progressively cleaner, less carbon-intensive one,” Shell hydrogen GM Oliver Bishop said in his company’s H2 Mobility announcement. “H2 Mobility Germany shows what we can achieve through close collaboration between governments and business.
“The next step is for consumers to embrace this opportunity and consider buying hydrogen vehicles as they become available.”
Linde and Daimler issued a joint H2 Mobility announcement on Tuesday.
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Source: H2 Mobility with Fleets & Fuels follow-up