The joint venture between H2 Mobility Deutschland, Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell officially opened two new hydrogen (H2) refuelling stations today in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. The German federal state of Hesse now has a total of five H2 filling stations for emission-free fuel cell vehicles.

With these new stations, the partners have moved yet another step closer to a nationwide H2 supply network. The new sites are both conveniently located directly on the A661 and A66 motorways at key points of intersection for people driving from north to south through Germany.

H2 Mobility commissioned the new H2 station in Frankfurt’s Hanauer Landstrasse 334 while Daimler AG is the owner of the filling station in Wiesbaden’s Borsigstrasse 1. The innovative H2 handling technology hails from two of the big names in this sector: Air Liquide and Linde. Both stations are located on Shell premises.

The two cutting-edge H2 filling stations in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt have the capacity to serve 40 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) every day. A H2-powered fuel cell vehicle does not emit any tailpipe GHGs or other pollutants. A number of manufacturers already have H2 FCEVs on offer with an operating range of between 500 and 700 kilometres. Daimler AG is set to present its latest generation of vehicles based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC this year.

Stijn Van Els, Management Board Chairmen Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH, said, “H2 technology is a very promising technology and H2 a fuel of the future. We believe this alternative drive system will play an increasingly important role in markets like Germany, England, Benelux and the USA as of 2020. We at shell are on target.”

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Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice-President Air Liquide Advanced Business and Technologies, H2 energy contributes to efficiently decarbonise the transport sector, which is one of the main sources of air pollution in our cities. Together, industry and government has made a strong commitment to accelerate the deployment of H2 for cleaner mobility in Germany. As a founding partner of H2 Mobility, Air Liquide brings its expertise to support the construction of the world’s largest H2 station network. This new station opened with Shell in Frankfurt is another demonstration that H2 is now a reality.’

Dr. Mathias Kranz, Head of Application Technology, Linde AG, commented, “Linde uses many proprietary, modular and compact H2 fuelling components that can easily be integrated into existing station layouts. This gives us full confidence that together with our partners we will take environmentally friendly H2 mobility to the next level.”

Proffessor Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, Director Fuel Cell at Daimler AG, “Everything is in place for the market launch of electric vehicles with fuel cell. Today the technology is ready for series production and the H2 refuelling station network is constantly expanding. Thanks in great part to the concrete action plan put together by our H2 Mobility Joint Venture, H2 is on track to become an increasingly viable option for everyday mobility. This year we are taking the next step to long-distance e-mobility in the premium segment with the world premiere of our latest model based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC.“

Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH, stated, “Germany is on the way to becoming the lead player in the field of H2-powered electro mobility. With our first 100 stations, we are in the process of building the backbone of a nationwide H2 infrastructure, regardless of how many fuel cell vehicles are currently on the road. In keeping with the rise in the number of vehicles, we are looking to commission up to 400 stations by 2023. H2 Mobility is a company with a globally unique selling point. Our priority is to build and reliably operate stations in those places customers will need them in future.”