H2 at HQ: Hyundai opens public hydrogen refuelling station in Germany

  • Hyundai Motor opens first public hydrogen station at a car manufacturer’s headquarters in Germany
  • The hydrogen refuelling station is installed and operated by Air Liquide
  • Under the Clean Energy Partnership Hyundai Motor and other companies facilitate hydrogen mobility

- Hyundai Motor together with its partner Air Liquide today opened a public hydrogen refuelling station at its European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany.

Thanks to the technology developed by Air Liquide, drivers of fuel cell electric vehicles like the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell can refuel their cars to the maximum capacity in only three to five minutes. The opening of the new hydrogen refuelling station continues the cooperation between leading industry partners under the umbrella of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP). The station, build by Air Liquide, marks a further step towards a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure.

The new hydrogen fuel station is installed by Air Liquide and joins CEP network, a joint initiative of government and industry founded in 2002 and lead-managed by the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The construction and maintenance of the station is funded by the Ministry with 1million Euro.

From left to right: Thomas Bystry, CEP Executive & Representative; Bart Biebuyk, Executive Director FCH JU; Xavier Pontone, Managing Director Air Liquide; Hyung Cheong Kim, President & CEO Hyundai Motor Europe; Horst Schneider, Lord Mayor City of Offenbach; Thorsten Herbert, Managing Director NOW

With the opening today, we are the first car manufacturer to provide a hydrogen refuelling station open for the public on its premises in Germany. The new station installed and operated by our partner Air Liquide underscores our commitment to democratising zero-emission driving with fuel cell cars, making this future technology accessible to as many people as possible. Hyundai Motor was the first car company in the world to offer a mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle for the general public with the ix35 Fuel Cell.

Thomas A. SchmidChief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe

Ready to refuel 30 vehicles a day

Due to its latest technology standards the Air Liquide hydrogen station is able to reduce refueling time to a minimum providing maximum use of the vehicle’s tank capacity. The new station’s daily capability of 200 kilograms of hydrogen is sufficient to fuel over 30 vehicles a day.

Reducing greenhouse gases by 80%

The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) was founded in 2002 to establish hydrogen as an eco-friendly fuel and help the European Union to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 80% by 2050. Twenty companies active in the production of fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen, infrastructure and public transport joined forces to advance hydrogen mobility and infrastructure, among them Air Liquide and Hyundai Motor.

We are delighted to actively further counteract emissions and are pleased to offer Air Liquide a site for the new hydrogen refuelling station. This project together with the newest product line up demonstrates Hyundai Motor’s commitment to innovation. With the IONIQ family and the ix35 Fuel Cell, Hyundai is the only manufacturer worldwide to offer four different electrified powertrains.

Thomas A. SchmidChief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe

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