Both Air Liquide and Linde are to play key roles in an initiative which will see up to 400 hydrogen fuelling stations installed around Germany over the next eight years.

The plans will make Germany the first country to have an inter-regional hydrogen supply network for private cars. While 100 stations are already planned in the next few years, the target of 400 announced today will make this countrywide supply ambition possible.

In Berlin, the German cross­sector joint venture H2 MOBILITY was officially presented to the German government by senior representatives of its six Partners, Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL.

Together with German Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, the next steps to set up more hydrogen stations in Germany were discussed. A joint declaration was signed by the industrial partners and the German government to ensure a positive development of H2 MOBILITY. Together, industry and government intend to invest around €400m in the next years to build the hydrogen distribution infrastructure.

Pierre­Etienne Franc, Vice President of Advanced Business & Technologies at Air Liquide, commented, “We are proud to be one of the founding members of the H2 MOBILITY initiative. The technology of hydrogen mobility is already well­proven and with the joint commitment of public and private actors demonstrated today, we can now enter the first commercial roll­out phase of hydrogen mobility in Germany.”

“This initiative is exemplary of what is needed to establish the necessary infrastructure for the hydrogen mobility market ­ the collaboration of all players, from industry to automotive, with the support of public actors.”

Federal Minister Dobrindt, said, “E-mobility must be emotional and shall arouse passion for the drive of the future. Electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer the best conditions: You have a long range and can refuel in some minutes. For the market ramp-up of this technology, we now need a comprehensive network of fuelling stations for hydrogen. Therefore, I welcome the plans of H2 MOBILITY to build up 400 hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany by 2023.”