A new 70MPa hydrogen refueling station from H2 Logic was inaugurated at a public event in Oslo, Norway. The station—the Oslo area’s third—will supply 3 min. fast-fill of hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles from Daimler and Hyundai as part of the €20-million (US$27-million) “H2MOVES Scandinavia demonstration” project.
The new station in Gaustad, Oslo is the first one in Norway for which the hydrogen is produced exclusively by electrolysis, using renewable electricity.
The new station and the large number of FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) result from the largest EU-financed demonstration program for hydrogen and fuel cell cars. The aim of the H2moves Scandinavia project is to accelerate the market introduction of hydrogen powered FCEVs by gaining customer acceptance for the technology.
The event in Oslo marked Hyundai’s first showing of its hydrogen powered SUV ix35 FCEV to the Norwegian hydrogen project. The Nordic countries signed a letter of intent together with Hyundai earlier this year, aiming for advancing hydrogen as a fuel and preparing a market for fuel cell electric vehicles.
The cars in the project will be leased to private and industrial customers and used on an everyday basis. This will allow for a better understanding of regular customers’ satisfaction regarding the technology. The Nordic climate will be an additional check on how the fuel cells perform in real life.
Electric vehicles with fuel cells are ready for the market and we will start with the serial production in 2014 already. But since alternative drives require alternative infrastructures, we work closely together with partners from governments, energy providers and several automobile manufacturers.—Prof. Herbert Kohler, Vice President eDrive & Future Mobility of Daimler AG