The Linde Group’s newly founded subsidiary, Linde Hydrogen Concepts, has launched the world’s first car sharing service, which exclusively uses hydrogen (H2)-powered fuel cell cars.
The new car sharing service, named BeeZero, will be run on a zone-based model in Munich, Germany, and will be the world’s first major fleet of fuel cell cars run by a single operator.
The BeeZero fleet will comprise of 50 Hyundai ix35 models, which will be available throughout the centre as well as in the Schwabing, Haidhausen, Au and Glockenbachviertel areas of the European city.
The cars will be refuelled by BeeZero employees, unless chosen otherwise, with a press release stating, “The H2 fuel is sourced exclusively from sustainable production processes, making it completely carbon neutral.”
The first BeeZero car was unveiled in Munich today and can now be booked online or via a smartphone app.
These vehicles can travel around 400kms on a single tank of H2, meaning the Tier One player has capitalised on an environmentally-friendly car sharing concept that fills a gap in the existing service landscape.
Dr Christian Bruch, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG, signified, “We expect to gain valuable information from day-to-day fleet operations, which we will use to further develop our H2 technologies and to help expand the H2 infrastructure.”
BeeZero synergies two mobility trends that are gaining a lot of ground at the moment…and will bring the benefits of fuel cell technology to a wider group of potential users
“BeeZero synergies 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.”
Linde is the leading supplier of H2 refuelling solutions and has been producing large-scale, industrial H2 for over a century. Unique selling propositions for the industrial gas giant include its robust compressor and its cryopump technology.
The German corporation previously unveiled a fuel cell-powered electric bike back in October 2015, with the new BeeZero fleet being the latest step towards zero-emissions H2 mobility.