Air Liquide today inaugurated a new hydrogen (H2) station in Les Loges-en-Josas, near Versailles.
Designed and installed by Air Liquide with the support of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the European programme 3Emotion, this station will fuel the two H2-powered buses, scheduled for rollout in 2019, running between Vélizy and Versailles.
An Air Liquide statement said the Tier One company is “supporting the Île-de-France Mobilités and the greater Versailles Grand Parc community in their transition to clean and virtous mobility for the region and is contributing to the deployment of H2 energy in public transport in France.”
This is the third station the French corporation has installed in the Greater Paris Area and follows those commissioned near the Pont de I’Alma in Paris and the Paris-Orly Airport.
Air Liquide also continues to support the growth of the Paris H2 taxi fleet ‘Hype’ with this new station by making it available to the fleet’s vehicles as well. Deployed in late 2015 by the start-up Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) in partnership with Air Liquide, the taxi fleet already counts 75 H2-powered vehicles and plans to deploy a total of 200 by the end of 2018.
The station is the third Air Liquide station to fuel H2-powered buses, after the one installed and operated by the company near Oslo, Norway, which already fuels a fleet of five H2-powered buses and the one located in Rotterdam.
Air Liquide said eventually, heavy duty-trucks and other utility vehicles could also make use of the stations.