Car manufacturer Daimler and technology company The Linde Group will add 20 public hydrogen refuelling points in Germany for hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles in 2012 to the existing 30 hydrogen refuelling points. The construction of these involves 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. The aim is to use existing sites belonging to different petroleum companies that are strategically located in the traffic network. This will for the first time make it possible to drive anywhere in Germany with a fuel-cell-powered vehicle.
Fuel cells enable zero-emission driving with high ranges and short refuelling times, not just for passenger cars, but also for commercial vehicles. The initiative links in with the existing H2 Mobility and Clean Energy Partnership infrastructure projects, which are being subsidized by the National Innovation Programme for hydrogen and fuel-cell technology (NIP).
Other partners from the petroleum, power supply, or automotive industries, for instance, are welcome to become involved in the joint initiative that has been set up by Daimler and Linde.