Last week, Air Liquide and Groupe ADP inaugurated a public hydrogen fueling station at the Paris-Orly Airport. It was designed and installed by Air Liquide with the support of the FCH JU, a public-private partnership, and is promoting the deployment of Hype, a hydrogen-powered taxi fleet.
With this new station located at a major airport, Air Liquide and Groupe ADP say they are helping to develop a network of hydrogen stations in the Greater Paris Area and contributing to the adoption of clean modes of transportation.
The Parisian taxi fleet Hype was launched by the start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien) in 2015, in partnership with Air Liquide. Currently powered by an Air Liquide station located in the heart of the French capital, at Cours Albert 1er near Pont de l’Alma, the fleet counts more than 50 hydrogen-powered vehicles and plans to grow to 600 taxis by 2020. Air Liquide will continue to support the growth of this offer by opening new hydrogen stations around Paris in 2018, notably one near Versailles, and another at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. According to Air Liquide, it takes less than five minutes to recharge hydrogen-powered electric vehicles for a driving range of around 500 km.
Benoît Potier, chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, comments, “The installation of this charging station at the Orly Airport, in collaboration with Groupe ADP, marks a new step in the development of clean mobility in and around Paris. It also illustrates the maturity of technologies and the mobilization of a growing number of players in promoting hydrogen energy. Indeed, this molecule has a key role to play in the energy transition, thanks to its capacity to store renewable energies and its various applications for industry and transport.”