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As of summer 2016, the BeeZero car sharing service will be up and running in our hometown of Munich, Germany. It is the first in the world to exclusively use hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars.
Why car sharing?
BeeZero is the brainchild of The Linde Group’s newly founded subsidiary – Linde Hydrogen Concepts. The unit leverages the century of experience that Linde has with hydrogen to realise innovative applications. It also synergises two mobility trends that are gaining a lot of ground at the moment – car sharing and zero emissions.
Zero emissions – and not just from the tailpipe
BeeZero is using ‘Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell’ cars. The only emission FCVs (fuel-cell vehicles) produce is water. Water so clean you could drink it. Combine that with the fact that the hydrogen fuel is sourced from green production methods – which use sustainable resources – and you get sustainable operation. That is our vision for the future of mobility.
Filling a gap in the market
Where fuel-cell cars truly come into their own is the range that they are able to travel on a single tank of hydrogen: over 400 kilometres! The hydrogen vehicles therefore lend themselves particularly well to medium-distance journeys. A round-trip out of town, to the surrounding lakes or mountains for example, is perfectly feasible on a full hydrogen tank, whereas battery-powered electric cars would need to be recharged.