“More efficient, eco-friendly transport with hydrogen (H2)-run cars” is the aim of Berlin-based taxi-sharing service CleverShuttle who have launched a fleet of taxis in Hamburg.

The innovative ride-sharing service, which also offers individual rides, launched in 2015 in Germany with the hope of creating a cleaner air, less traffic jams and cheaper rides. Following Berlin, Leipzig and Munich, the service has now launched in Hamburg.

Residents and guests of the Hanseatic city can move around emission-free, as initially ten, and by the end of 2017, 20, Toyota Mirais will be brought into service. They will be powered with environmentally-friendly H2 from infrastructure partner H2 MOBILITY.

The deployment of the vehicles will be funded through the National Innovation Programme for H2 and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), as well as the Climate Protection Programme of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The BMVI is allocating around €250m ($298m) to the NIP over the period from 2016 to 2019.

Bruno Ginnuth, Managing Director and co-founder CleverShuttle, said, “With the start in the Hansestadt, we are not only fulfilling the wishes of our customers, but we are also looking forward to finally driving our new green and white H2 fleet on the streets of the Hansestadt. We see great potential for our RideSharing concept and want to actively contribute to making Hamburg’s transport more sustainable and efficient. ”

Managing Director of H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Nikolas Iwan, added,We are very pleased that CleverShuttle is launching a H2 fleet in Hamburg. We, the H2 MOBILITY, are the prerequisites for a successful market introduction of H2 as a fuel. We promise to build the first 100 H2 filling stations in Germany regardless of the number of vehicles. This ensures the basic supply. Depending on the number of vehicles and the resulting demand, we will then expand the network to 400 stations in the next few years. ”

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CleverShuttle founders L-R Slava Tschurilin, Bruno Ginnuth and Jan Hofmann

Source: CleverShuttle