Hyundai powers world’s first fuel cell car sharing service
This summer the Linde Group will launch a new "BeeZero" car sharing programme in Munich, Germany.
This on its own would not be special at all - except in this case BeeZero will be relying on hydrogen fuel cell cars - the first time the tech has been used in car sharing.
As a core component of the project, Hyundai will deliver 50 ix35 Fuel Cells, so anyone in Munich will get chance to try hydrogen cars and be "totally blown away" by electric drive performance and up to 600 km (370 miles) range on a single tank.
Currently there are more than 250 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs on European roads in 13 countries.
BeeZero will be run on a zone-based model in Munich’s city centre, as well as in the areas of Schwabing, Haidhausen, Au and Glockenbachviertel.
See more details about BeeZero here.
"600 kilometres on a single tank
The BeeZero car sharing service will be run on a zone-based model. The fleet of fifty ix35 Fuel Cell cars will be available in Munich’s city centre and also in the areas of Schwabing, Haidhausen, Au and Glockenbachviertel. As with conventional car sharing services, the cars can be easily booked online or via a smartphone app.
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell can travel about 600 kilometres on a single tank, making it ideal for longer journeys too, to the Bavarian lakes or the mountains for example, and not just for short trips in the city. Hydrogen fuel for BeeZero is sourced from sustainable production processes, making it completely carbon neutral."
Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe said:
“The new BeeZero car sharing offer is pioneering sustainable mobility. Featuring the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, BeeZero will not only be the first car sharing service using hydrogen-powered zero-emission cars, but will also offer comfortable and reliable transportation for the public’s everyday needs.”
Dr Christian Bruch, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG said:
“We expect to gain valuable information from day-to-day fleet operations which we will use to further develop our hydrogen technologies and to help expand the hydrogen infrastructure. BeeZero synergises two mobility trends that are gaining a lot of ground at the moment -car sharing and zero emissions -and will bring the benefits of fuel cell technology to a wider group of potential users.”