Car manufacturer, Daimler and industrial gas company, The Linde Group have joined forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicle infrastructure.

The duo plans to construct 20 additional hydrogen filling stations in Germany over the next three years. The step will ensure a supply of hydrogen produced exclusively from renewable resources for the steadily increasing number of fuel-cell vehicles on the roads.

The initiative ties into existing H2 Mobility and Clean Energy Partnership infrastructure projects - projects which are being subsidised by the National Innovation Programme for hydrogen and fuel-cell technology (NIP).

Professor Dr Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG, described the move as ‘fundamental’. He added, “Together with the fuel cell, hydrogen is set to be of fundamental importance to the expansion of electromobility. We are delighted to be able to play such an instrumental role in shaping this development together with Daimler.”

According to an official Linde press statement issued just yesterday, the dual initiative incorporates investment running into the tens of millions. The new stations will be located in the current hydrogen centres of Stuttgart, Berlin and Hamburg as well as along two new continuous North-South and East-West axes.

Professor Reitzle added, “We see ourselves as providing an impetus for existing initiatives, such as H2 Mobility and the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), and wish to support the commercialisation of hydrogen vehicles as best we can. By systematically developing hydrogen technology, Germany can assume a pioneering role in this field and establish itself as the industry leader as we move towards emission-free mobility.”