Inaugurated in December of 2015, the first hydrogen charging station installed by Air Liquide in central Paris – near the Pont de l'Alma, between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower – is an opportunity for its partner STEP to create one of the very first hydrogen-powered electric taxi fleets in the world. Its name is "hype".
This fleet – initially composed of 5 Hyundai ix35 cars – should build up to 70 vehicles before end 2017 and to several hundred within 5 years. Besides, these vehicles will not add to the 17,000 taxis already in circulation in and around Paris: they are replacing gas and diesel powered cars.
A permanent network of hydrogen charging stations, designed primarily to refuel this fleet of taxis, will be gradually installed in the Greater Paris Area.
Hydrogen-powered electric vehicles offer a number of advantages:
As for Air Liquide, it masters the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage and from distribution to the development of applications for end users. This initiative allows the Group to educate the public about the benefits of hydrogen as a clean energy for vehicles.
Blue Hydrogen is an Air Liquide program whose goal is to gradually decarbonize its production of hydrogen dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, Air Liquide has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020 by combining:
Even when it is produced from natural gas, hydrogen is a virtuous energy: for equal distance traveled, hydrogen cars allow to reduce GHG emissions by 20% compared with internal combustion vehicles and don’t produce any fine particles.