World’s first ride-share service using hydrogen fuel cell vehicles launches in Germany

April 12, 2016 0 By Stephen Vagus

Linde Hydrogen Concepts launches new ride-share service making use of fuel cell vehicles

The Linde Group has launched a new subsidiary, which will manage the world’s first ride-sharing service focused exclusively on fuel cell vehicles. One of the company’s latest subsidiaries, called Linde Hydrogen Concepts, will be responsible for the new ride-share service. The new service is called BeeZero and is based in Munich, Germany. BeeZero┬á will be comprised of a fleet of 50 fuel cell vehicles developed by Hyundai. The South Korean automaker’s vehicles have proven quite successful in the clean transportation market.

Hydrogen used to power fuel cell vehicles will be generated using renewable energy

The vehicles will draw from an established hydrogen infrastructure, with BeeZero employees fueling the vehicles unless otherwise specified. According to Linde Hydrogen Concepts, the hydrogen that these fuels will use is produced through the use of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. Those interested in using the service can book vehicles either through the service’s website or through a mobile application. Each vehicle can travel approximately 300 miles before needing to refuel, making them some of the most efficient vehicles currently available.

Automakers are showing strong support for fuel cells due to their potential in clean transportation

Hydrogen Fuel - The Linde GroupFuel cell vehicles run off electrical power produced through the consumption of hydrogen fuel. Many automakers have begun to show strong interest in fuel cells, as they have significant potential to produce large quantities of electrical power without generating any harmful emissions. As such, these energy systems have potential in the clean transportation space, especially as automakers work to produce vehicles that produce no greenhouse gases.

BeeZero may help expose consumers to fuel cell vehicles in an effective manner

BeeZero combines two mobility trends that are beginning to gain significant momentum, according to Doctor Christian Bruch, member of the Linde AG executive board. Clean transportation is one such trend, with ride-sharing services being the other. Bruch believes that the service will make consumers more comfortable with fuel cell vehicles, which may encourage them to purchase these vehicles when they become more widely available.