By Joanna Sampson2018-03-12T15:14:00+00:00
After just two years, The Linde Group has announced its hydrogen (H2) car sharing service will come to an end this summer.
Launched by subsidiary Linde Hydrogen Concepts in the summer of 2016, BeeZero is the world’s first car sharing service which exclusively used H2-powered fuel cell cars. Based in Munich, Germany, the BeeZero fleet comprises 50 Hyundai ix35 models.
A statement on BeeZero’s website explained the service has not been “economically viable” and it will cease to run on 30th June.
The statement said, “BeeZero was launched to show that fuel cell vehicles are absolutely suitable for everyday use and to give you the opportunity to experience the emission-free H2 mobility itself. Together with you we have achieved this - you’ve covered nearly 400,000 zero-emission kilometers, our vehicles traveled more than 850,000 hours with you and together, we saved almost 40,000 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2). We are very proud of these results.”
“The large number of inquiries we received about our vehicles also confirmed that there is a great deal of interest in H2 mobility. It has also been shown that car sharing is a great way to bring this technology to many people.”
“However, we have also learned that such a model can only be operated in the long term, even if it is economically viable. For this reason, we will have to discontinue our offer as of 30th June.”
Eleven Japanese companies have joined forces to help accelerate the deployment of hydrogen (H2) stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Japan, pledging to build 80 H2 stations by 2022.
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