Fifty Hyundai ix35 Cars as ‘BeeZero’ Vehicles Starting This Summer
Linde said yesterday that it would launch a car-share service in Germany using 50 Hyundai ix35s hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, beginning this summer. The cars – marketed as the Tucson Fuel Cell in North America – will be available in the Munich city center and in surrounding areas starting this summer. updated April 11
“It is the world’s first major fleet of fuel-cell cars run by a single operator,” states a release. As with conventional car sharing services, the cars can be booked online or via a smartphone app.
Hydrogen fuel for the BeeZero cars is to be sourced “exclusively from sustainable production processes, making it completely carbon neutral,” Linde says.
‘A Wider Group of Potential Users’
“We expect to gain valuable information from day-to-day fleet operations, which we will use to further develop our hydrogen technologies and to help expand the H2 infrastructure,” Linde executive beard member Christian Bruch said in a release.
“BeeZero synergizes two mobility trends that are gaining a lot of ground at the moment – car sharing and zero emissions – and will bring the benefits of fuel-cell technology to a wider group of potential users,” he said.
‘Fills a Gap in the Existing Service Landscape’
Fuel-cell vehicles can travel more than 400 kilometers – 250 miles – on a single tank, Linde says. “This means that – unlike battery-powered electric cars – the hydrogen vehicles are also ideal for medium-distance journeys, for example, to the Bavarian lakes or the mountains, and not just for short trips in the city.
“As such, BeeZero offers a new, competitively priced car sharing concept that fills a gap in the existing service landscape,” the company says.
Linde is applying to the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II) for BeeZero. funding. “This co-funding would enable the project’s range and scope to be substantially enlarged,” the company says.
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Source: Linde Europe with Fleets & Fuels follow-up