“We started to offer an environmentally friendly and convenient alternative to our own car. Technology openness is the key issue for us. That is why we deliberately rely on both battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, ”says CleverShuttle boss Bruno Ginnuth.
The new CleverShuttle vehicle can accommodate up to four guests. The hydrogen-working vehicle has a range of more than 750 kilometers in accordance with the NEDC standard and can be refueled in under five minutes. As of January 1, 2019, 392 hydrogen-powered vehicles were registered in Germany, 67 of which CleverShuttle took to the road, the company said. This makes the offer one of the largest hydrogen fleets in Germany.
The operating area in Berlin covers 300 square kilometers, which means that 60 percent of the capital’s population is offered hydrogen e-mobility, emphasizes CleverShuttle. The driving service is based on an algorithm that brings passengers together and determines the fastest route. By bundling individual trips, emissions are to be saved, noise is to be reduced and the road is to be relieved.
CleverShuttle has been majority-owned by Deutsche Bahn since the end of 2018. According to the operators, around 300,000 people across Germany use the driving service that can be booked via the app every month. At the end of last year, the company surprisingly withdrew from the cities of Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart. The decision was made for economic reasons and because of bureaucratic obstacles.
This year CleverShuttle is available in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Dresden, and Kiel.