Zero-emission car sharing service BeeZero, run by a newly founded subsidiary of The Linde Group, will feature 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell electric vehicles for public use. BeeZero, which will launch in Munich this summer, will be the first car sharing service using hydrogen fuel cell cars.
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.
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 synergizes 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.—Dr. Christian Bruch, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell can travel about 600 kilometers (373 miles) on a single tank, making it suited 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.
In December 2015, Hyundai delivered five ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to the Paris-based electric taxi start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien). The fleet is planned to increase up to several hundred vehicles within five years, with the refueling infrastructure to be gradually installed in 2016, to meet the increasing demand for hydrogen.
Performance of the ix35 Fuel Cell is similar to a conventional ix35, with the fuel cell’s output of 100kW (136hp) giving a top speed of 100 mph while 0-62mph takes 12.5 seconds, with 300 N·m of torque being available from a standstill.
The ix35 Fuel Cell has several modes of operation:
In Fuel Cell Mode the fuel cell stack generates electricity supplied from the on-board hydrogen tank, which then drives the electric motor directly.
In Power Assist Mode, electricity from the fuel cell stack is augmented by power from the high voltage 25kW Li-ion battery for an extra boost.
In Power Charge Mode a portion of electricity being produced by the fuel cell is supplied to the battery to keep it topped up for later use.
Under deceleration and braking, Regenerative Braking Mode allows kinetic energy to be converted back into electricity by the motor and inverter and is stored in the battery.
Currently there are more than 250 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs on European roads in 13 countries—more than all FCEVs from every other manufacturer combined.