The latest car sharing programme launched in Germany has a fleet of Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles and it will start this summer in Munich.
We increasingly hear more and more news about new car- and ride-sharing schemes launching throughout the world, as these type of services have a great business potential. Such programmes go hand in hand with another growing trend, that of electric cars, and this is the reason why more sharing companies have in their fleets EVs. But a hydrogen-powered fleet is a novelty, and it is actually a world’s first. The Linde Group, a supplier of industrial, process and speciality gases, said it would launch BeeZero, a car sharing services that offered only fuel-cell vehicles for its customers. BeeZero will start in Germany this summer and will be run on a zone-based model. The fleet of fifty Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars will be available in Munich’s city centre and also in areas of Schwabing, Haidhausen, Au and Glockenbachviertel. As with conventional car sharing services, the cars can be booked online or via a smartphone app.
“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,” said Christian Bruch, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. The hydrogen-powered vehicles have a great advantage over EVs, as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell can travel about 600 kilometres on a single tank, making it ideal for longer journeys, and not just for short trips in the city.