Air Liquide has installed the first hydrogen charging station in downtown Paris, France, in partnership with electric taxi start-up company STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien) and the Paris City Council.

It will be the first hydrogen charging station inside the city of Paris.

The station will be located in the heart of Paris, at Cours Albert Ier, in the Pont de l’Alma public parking lot, and will enable the deployment of the ‘hype’ fleet of hydrogen-powered electric taxis serving the Greater Paris area.

This hydrogen-powered vehicle fleet, initially composed of five Hyundai ix35 cars, should number around 70 vehicles within a year and as many as several hundred within the next five years.

Next year, a permanent network of hydrogen charging stations will gradually be installed in the Greater Paris area, designed to meet the needs of this taxi fleet.

Francois Darchis, member of the Air Liquide Executive Committee supervising innovation, said of the development, “I am delighted about this partnership with the start-up STEP. This first station will allow us to promote the benefits of hydrogen as a clean energy for vehicles with consumers.”

“Hydrogen offers a concrete solution to the challenges posed by the issue of sustainable mobility, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as local pollution in urban areas. This project further illustrates Air Liquide’s commitment to the deployment of hydrogen technologies that support both sustainable mobility and environmental protection.”

The Paris station, like all the stations designed and installed by Air Liquide, is able to recharge hydrogen-powered electric vehicles in less than five minutes for an extended range of up to around 500km.