Air Liquide launches new app to help consumers find hydrogen fuel stationsOctober 13, 2016
New app will allow consumers to find hydrogen fuel stations in their area
As fuel cell vehicles begin to gain more momentum, demand for access to hydrogen fuel stations is growing among consumers. To help those interested in fuel cell vehicles find hydrogen stations, Air Liquide has launched a new mobile application. The app is meant to help drivers find the locations of hydrogen fuel stations, which will give them a chance to fuel vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells.
Demand for hydrogen is on the rise
Throughout the world, a small number of hydrogen stations are currently open to the public. Many of these stations are located in places like California and London, where clean transportation is gaining momentum quickly. In these markets, fuel cell vehicles are expected to become quite popular, hence the need for more hydrogen stations. Air Liquide is one of several companies that have been working to build more hydrogen fuel stations in order to make the adoption of fuel cell vehicles smoother for consumers.
Air Liquide plans to build more hydrogen fuel stations
Early this year, Air Liquide announced its plans to construct a small network of hydrogen fuel stations in the Northeast of the United States. If successful, this will mark the greatest expansion of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure outside of California. The application from Air Liquide will also allow users to review their experience of hydrogen stations. Hydrogen stations in California, specifically, have suffered due to their poor performance. Reviews from consumers may help these stations improve their services in the future.
Lack of infrastructure will slow the adoption of fuel cell vehicles
Fuel cell vehicles are still quite rare. One of the reasons behind this is the lack of a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure. Air Liquide has been working to bolster the hydrogen infrastructures of many countries in recent years. This has proven to be an expensive and difficult task. Costs aside, the effort to build new hydrogen stations has faced many regulatory challenges coming from established governments.