For COP21, Air Liquide has installed the first hydrogen charging station in Paris, in partnership with the start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien) and with the support of Paris City Hall. This station, located in the heart of the French capital, enables the deployment of "hype", a fleet of electric taxis powered by hydrogen. An innovative initiative that is destined to grow. In fact, hydrogen energy offers a powerful response to the challenges of sustainable mobility by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as local pollution in urban areas.
Taxis Out of the Ordinary
Inaugurated in December of 2015, the first hydrogen charging station installed by Air Liquide in central Paris – near the Pont de l'Alma, between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower – is an opportunity for its partner STEP to create one of the very first hydrogen-powered electric taxi fleets in the world. Its name is "hype".
This fleet – initially composed of 5 Hyundai ix35 cars – should build up to 70 vehicles within a year and to several hundred within 5 years. Besides, these vehicles will not add to the 17,000 taxis already in circulation in and around Paris: they are replacing gas and diesel powered cars.
Starting in 2016, a permanent network of hydrogen charging stations, designed primarily to refuel this fleet of taxis, will be gradually installed in the Greater Paris Area.
Hydrogen-powered electric vehicles offer a number of advantages:
No greenhouse gas or particle emissions – just steam
Zero noise pollution
Comfortable extended range - around 500 km
Rapid charge - between 3 and 5 minutes
As for Air Liquide, it masters the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage and from distribution to the development of applications for end users. This initiative allows the Group to educate the public about the benefits of hydrogen as a clean energy for vehicles.Starting 2016, a permanent network of hydrogen charging stations