Hydrogen-powered vehicles can now refill their tanks at the OMV service station in Metzingen. The opening of the new filling station continues the longstanding cooperation between the industry partners Daimler, Linde and OMV Deutschland as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), and marks another step towards a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.
The new hydrogen station is located at Auchtertstraße 19 in Metzingen. The official inauguration was attended by the representatives of the companies involved, as well as by Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and Ministerial Director Helmfried Meinel of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Energy.
Clean mobility, rapid refueling and long ranges are the advantages offered by fuel cell-based electric mobility. To help get the vehicles on the streets now, the Federal Ministry of Transport is sponsoring the establishment of 50 hydrogen filling stations across Germany with about 28 million euros. The Metzingen site is one of these stations, and will improve hydrogen supply in the Stuttgart metropolitan region.—Norbert Barthle
The focus of the infrastructure build-up is especially on the supply of metropolitan regions. The existing service stations already cover the Berlin, Hamburg, Rhine/Ruhr, Stuttgart and Munich metropolitan areas. The process of connecting them has already begun, and the network will be continuously expanded.
Within the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), Daimler and Linde are contributing with a total investment volume of around €20 million. The construction of the first public hydrogen filling station in Baden-Württemberg at Stuttgart airport in 2009 was also a cooperation between OMV, Daimler and Linde. The federal state now has eight such refueling sites.
Daimler said that the technology of such locally emission-free fuel cell vehicles offers two major advantages compared to battery-powered vehicles: long ranges and short refueling times. The infrastructure build-up is timed to coincide with the planned market ramp-up of fuel cell vehicles from various manufacturers.
The technology is an integral part of Daimler’s drive system strategy. Vehicles like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid urban bus have covered altogether more than twelve million kilometers to date. From 2017, a new generation of vehicles based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC will be launched: for the first time, a lithium-ion battery plug-in will be used in a fuel cell-powered electric vehicle as an additional source of energy. (Earlier post.)