Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, so it’s not surprising that car manufacturers have in recent years been developing ways of using it to turn wheels.
While turning this environmentally-friendly element into fuel hasn’t been too complicated, the problem is where to fill up hydrogen-powered cars, and Germany is now taking the lead in setting up a fuelling network.
With hydrogen production cars confirmed for introduction in Europe by 2015, the “H2 Mobility” initiative has been launched to deal with the anticipated demand. Six companies - Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total - have formed a partnership for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network in Germany.
The target is 400 hydrogen filling stations by 2023, with 100 stations over the next four years the short-term target.
Only 15 stations currently exist.