New car-share company aims to expose consumers to hydrogen fuel cellsMay 5, 2016
BeeZero to open in Germany, offering access to fuel cell vehicles
The very first car-sharing company offering access to fuel cell vehicles is about to open in Germany. Currently, very few people have fuel vehicles of their own, despite their interest in clean transportation. Automakers have been working to promote the adoption of these vehicles, but they are simply too expensive for many consumers. As such, car-sharing company BeeZero will fill the demand for clean vehicles by allowing consumers to drive cars equipped with hydrogen fuel cells.
50 ix35 vehicles will be on offer in Munich
BeeZero will be offering 50 Hyundai ix35 vehicles in Munich, Germany. These vehicles have been provided by the South Korean automaker and may serve as a way to expose consumers to the benefits of clean vehicles. The ix35 was one of the first fuel cell vehicles to be released in the commercial market and Hyundai believes that hydrogen fuel cells will play a major role in the future of the transportation sector. According to Hyundai, the ix35 is very fuel efficient, capable of traveling over 350 miles on a single tank of hydrogen.
Companies may need to show more aggressive support for hydrogen fuel cells
According to BeeZero general manager Sandra Scherb, hydrogen fuel cells are a very promising and innovative technology. The problem, however, is that this technology is not developing as fast as the transportation sector would like to see. Scherb notes that companies will have to take initiative and embrace fuel cell technology more aggressively in order to ensure that these energy systems continue to grow as valuable tools in the auto industry and other sectors.
Consumers can rent fuel cell vehicles through the use of a mobile app
BeeZero customers will be able to rent fuel cell vehicles using a simple mobile application. They will be able to keep these vehicles for as long as they like and can either choose to fuel the vehicle themselves or return the vehicle with an empty tank. Germany currently has only 19 hydrogen fuel stations, but more fueling stations are being built to accommodate the demand for fuel cell vehicles.