World’s First Fuel Cell Car Sharing Service Opens in Germany


Hyundai Motor’s ix35 Fuel Cell will serve the world’s first fuel-cell-powered, zero-emission car sharing service, BeeZero, to be launched in Munich, Germany, this summer. BeeZero, run by a newly founded subsidiary of The Linde Group, will feature 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell electric vehicles for public use.

“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,” says Christian Bruch, member of the executive board of Linde AG. “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.”

The BeeZero car sharing service will be run on a zone-based model. The fleet of 50 ix35 Fuel Cell cars will be available in Munich’s city center, as well as in the areas of Schwabing, Haidhausen, Au and Glockenbachviertel. As with conventional car sharing services, the fuel cell cars can be easily booked online or via a smartphone app.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell can travel about 372 miles on a single tank, according to the New European Driving Cycle testing standard, making it capable of going farther than many electric vehicles. According to Hyundai, hydrogen fuel for BeeZero is sourced from sustainable production processes, making it completely carbon neutral.

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