Thanks to the efforts and vision of Air Liquide, H2-Mobility and Shell, there are now two more hydrogen fueling stations in Germany.
At the exit North in Bayreuth Shell Station, and in Berg in the district of Hof there is now both regular gasoline and hydrogen available.
The new hydrogen dispenser in Bayreuth is one of five in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region and now one of 66 in Germany.
Lorenz Jung from H2-Mobility said, “The advantages of hydrogen mobility are obvious. You can fill up a tank with hydrogen in three or four minutes and then car ranges over 500 kilometers. Also, the customer does not really need to get used to it, but can maintain his normal behavior. The cars are emission-free, which means that only water vapor comes out in the back. You leave no noise, no exhaust fumes. ”
At the moment there are presently 500 hydrogen cars throughout Germany, with the expansion of stations such as these in Bayreuth and Berg, there is no doubt that the number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will increase in the area.
100 petrol stations by the end of the year
The two filling stations in Berg and Bayreuth belong to a network of currently 66 hydrogen filling stations throughout Germany. According to H2 Mobility, by the end of the year, it is anticipated that there will be 100 hydrogen fueling stations in the whole of Germany.
“With 100 petrol stations, mathematically speaking, six million people could switch to hydrogen cars because they live in the wider vicinity of a petrol station.”
Mobility technology of the future
There is not much demand right now, but experts are convinced that the hydrogen car is the mobility technology of the future : in 2016, 2.2 tons of hydrogen were fueled in Germany, in the first quarter of 2019 already 8, 8 tons.
A hydrogen filling station costs about one million euros, the construction projects are currently funded by the EU up to 50 percent. According to H2 Mobility a kilo of hydrogen currently costs 9.50 euros and depending on the vehicle model, is enough for around 100 kilometers.