Air Liquide has been awarded the ‘Mobility of the Future’ award for setting up extensive hydrogen (H2) networks around the world and its initiatives aimed at developing H2-powered electric vehicles and for setting up.
The Tier One corporation bagged the prize at the Trophées de l’Avenir (future-looking prize) ceremony that ‘Europe 1’ radio held in Paris on 12th December.
So far Air Liquide has designed and delivered a total of 75 stations across the globe, all capable of recharging H2-powered electric vehicles in less than five minutes giving them each a driving range of around 500kms.
A press release explained the company’s role in the H2 sector, stating, “Air Liquide masters the entire H2 supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of H2 as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular.”
Air Liquide inaugurated its most recent H2 station in Offenbach, Germany, last month. It is the second station to be installed by the industrial gas corporation in the European country, with an additional nine sites currently under construction and due to be commissioned in 2017.
Also last month, a memorandum of understanding was signed at this new station in Offenbaum between Paris-based electric taxi start-up Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) and Hyundai Motor to bring 60 additional ix35 Fuel Cell taxis to the streets of Paris – creating the world’s largest FCEV taxi fleet.
H2-fuelled vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to traditional combustion vehicles, with this new fleet expected to save more than 800 tonnes of CO2 per year in exhaust emissions.