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Fuel cell auto-sharing program makes global debut in Germany

Fuel cell auto-sharing program makes global debut in Germany image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted April 11, 2016 11:53

Program uses a fleet of 50 fuel cell Hyundai Tucsons

Fuel cell vehicle technology is getting a major boost in Germany with the rollout of the world’s first fuel cell auto-sharing program BeeZero.

Powered by 50 Hyundai Tucsons (known in that region as the ix35), the zone-based service is available in Munich and various areas including Schwabing, Haidhausen, Au and Glockenbachviertel.

Users need only to go online or download an app for their mobile device to book a vehicle.

BeeZero car

"The new BeeZero car sharing offer is pioneering sustainable mobility. Featuring the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, BeeZero will not only be the first car sharing service using hydrogen-powered zero-emission cars, but will also offer comfortable and reliable transportation for the public's everyday needs," said Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe.

BeeZero rear quarter

Range of the fuel cell Hyundai Tucson is approximately 600 kilometers on a single tank and BeeZero guarantees that the hydrogen used for fuel is ‘sourced from sustainable production processes, making it completely carbon neutral.’

"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 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," said Dr Christian Bruch, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.