World’s First Fuel Cell Car Sharing Service With Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell

APR 11 2016 BY MARK KANE 38

Hyundai powers world’s first fuel cell car sharing service

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.”

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At least they found something to do with those unsold FC cars.

Unsold? Hyundai sold the 50 ix35 Fuel Cell cars to BeeZero (Linde Group).

At a wonderful discount I would imagine.

Volume discount? Fleet discount?

Linde Group also just happens to be a hydrogen supplier also.

So you’re saying that the Big Oil companies are not the ones pushing HFCVs, it’s really big industrial gas companies like Linde that are pushing HFCVs. Thanks for clearing that up.

Interesting how you put words in others’ mouths over the web.

Yep….They will stop at nothing….

Sven, this is an oxymoron.
Lind is an industrial gas provider extending primary petrochemical source.
They’re tightly bond.
Also “sustainable mobility” is some kind of way of saying nothing at all and let everyone pick what it means.

Linde makes and engineers the H2 infrastructure and fueling equipment. It doesn’t care if the H2 is made from natural gas or from elctrolyzers powered with renewable energy. Linde’s ionic compressors and cryo pumps work with either sustainable hydrogen or fossil-fuel derived hydrogen.

The main players in building out the hydrogen fueling infrastructure are the large industrial gas companies, Linde Group, Liquid Air, and Iwatani. Other companies include H2 Logic, which manufactures H2 fueling stations, and ITM Power, which makes electrolyzers.

So you suggest electrolyzers are green then? Well, not half as green as batteries. You get more than twice as much transportation for the same electricity if you cut your costs and go with the comparatively simple and cheap battery instead of the electrolyzer, compressors, space-tech tanks and complicated fuel cell. And while the folly cell guys are setting up silly PR exercises, like a car-sharing system with 50 vehicles, battery tech is progressing rapidly: A team at Stanford developed a cell with 30x the energy density of the currently leading Li-Ion cells used in cars (Teslas): I’m not a chemist or a battery expert, so I don’t know what this really means for what batteries can be offered in the near future. Presumably it’s not yet clear what it means. But I do know this: We are nowhere near theoretical limits today, and plenty of possible ways to drastically increase energy density have been identified. The chances are pretty good that EVs with 1000 mile range can be made within a decade or two using battery packs that are much smaller, lighter and cheaper than today. Fool cells are an absolutely ridiculously expensive and clumsy way to make… Read more »

On contrary, I think they care a lot, because the price of making hydrogen varies much with the process.
I would be pretty happy that they make hydrogen “only” or mainly from waste of all kind using renewable, but that might not be the case, because I just don’t see it properly written, so the sustainable magic word uses.

In California and CARB states, by law, 33% of hydrogen used for transportation fuel must come from renewable sources. After a set number of kilograms are sold, the law automatically raises the minimum renewable percentage required for renewable hydrogen fuel. Currently, the hydrogen fuel sold in California is exceeding the minimum requirements with 46% coming from renewable sources.

Today, CARB proposed a strategy to reduce the impact of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). Methane is the most abundant of the SLCP in California. Nearly 60% of California’s methane emissions are produced by agricultural activities, primarily at dairy farms. California is the nation’s largest dairy state, home to 20% of US milk production. CARB’s Strategy calls for cutting manure methane emissions from dairies by 75% by 2030. One way to cut manure methane emissions is to convert it into hydrogen to be used for transportation. The strategy to reduce SLCP dovetails nicely with the requirement that hydrogen used for transportation contain a raising minimum amount of renewable hydrogen.

So what happens when a terrorist rents it, parks it into an enclosed parking structure, and then cuts the H2 line to let the H2 leak out within the enclosed parking structure?

I would presume the automatic H2 safety shutoff valve would activate, shutting down the hydrogen supply, just like it would if the ix35 FC was in an accident that resulted in a cut to the H2 line.

Cutting an 11,000 psi hose would be exciting in itself.

Don’t be silly. There are no 11,000 psi hoses in a HFCV. A pressure reduction valve drastically lowers the pressure of the H2 as it leaves the high-pressure tank.

If you unscrew the tank valve by 1/2 turn in a Ford CNG powered vehicle, all the CNG will leak out over the course of a week.

No explosions or the like, but empty tanks so you can safely scrap the vehicle.

You’d have to have gonads of steel to loosen that valve any more. 🙂

I would presume the automatic H2 safety shutoff valve would activate, shutting down the hydrogen supply, just like it would if the ix35 FC was in an accident that resulted in a cut to the H2 line.

Headline should read “World’s Last Fuel Cell Sharing Service…”

I hate to burst your H2 bubble (pop), but there will also be a hydrogen fuel cell car sharing service in Aberdeen, Scotland. It looks like they’re also using Hyundai ix35 FC SUVs. 😀

Who cares about that? Oh, practically no one.

Obviously, you care since you took the time out of your busy day to read this story and make multiple comments. 😀

Some people have a keyword alert for Hydrogen and when it goes off they descend upon the alerted threads like a flying monkey brigade. One day the truth will come out about these hydrogen haters. Why doesn’t anyone ask whether Tesla fanatics are working for Ego Musk?

We are only 5 years away from a hydrogen revolution.

Thats funny

Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.

Physics doesn’t lie.

That’s great. You are a fan of the most abundant thing in the universe. I’m a fan of water.

Now is it a useful for a car? ‘No’

Don’t be upset, it’s not worth it. They attack anyting non tesla. Sometimes i think most commenters here would rather have a 25 year old diesel car over, say, a volt. That’s just how ludicrous these people really are.

Ok, let’s pretend batteries aren’t very quickly improving with respect to price per kWh, energy density and possibility of wireless charging – including on the go. Let’s say CCS was not already operative at 150 kW and not shortly releasing 300 kW. Even if batteries couldn’t get any better than they are today, so that H2 would retain it’s ONLY advantage of quick refueling, I still don’t understand what you “hydrogen fans” see in the technology. Can you inform me? Why would you like to see hydrogen cars happen? Please don’t claim that they are green, because compared to battery cars, they certainly are not. Just like BEVs, FCEVs basically start with electricity. That’s a good thing, because it means cars sold today will pollute less tomorrow if we clean up our grid. Since cars live for nearly 20 years that is a very significant point. But the problem is we don’t really stand a chance to get to 100% renewable sources for our electricity in this century. Even if you count nuclear as renewable (it isn’t, but it is CO2 free and next-gen reactor designs do seem to offer very substantial benefits), and even if nuclear was universally loved… Read more »

Shaking my head …. You write a short novel and finish it off with your snarky “fool cell” remar k and expect people to debate you???

Why can’t you people be just a little bit more open minded? I forgot you probably drive model S or have ordered model 3, right???

I personally cannot see how H2 will become mainstream anytime soon. Perhaps it will never be a viable energy alternative, perhaps it will.

You and I surely don’t know ….

Meanwhile, Tesla Model S cars are being used for a ride service in Santa Fe now.

I like this comment in the above article:
so anyone in Munich will get chance to try hydrogen cars and be “totally blown away”

I’m wondering how many of these users will end up dirving into a petrol station in search of a hydrogen nozzle.

“It’s the same thing, right?”

No, not really. No.

Without being a FC hater, I’ll just say this…

“Get back to me when I can refill it at home, overnight from a device no larger than a common refrigerator.”

Even a refrigerator would be hard to put in my garage.
Can it be big as coffee maker?
Using the same 120 volts, 15 amps output?
No and no, so there you go.

I do hope Toyota goes “all-in” on H2. There is no surer way to get rid of them.

I love how all the FC fan boys rant on and on about the BEV supporters without actually countering any of the arguments.