What: Hydrogen cars
Where: Rotterdam
Who: municipality Rotterdam
Since: 2014
Source: goverment.nl

First hydrogen cars in Rotterdam

After the Hydrogen forum on the 8th of April 2015 in Rotterdam, Hyundai delivered the first Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell to the end users. Besides Rijkswaterstaat, which for several months already uses two hydrogen Hyundai’s, TU Delft, Air Liquide, Linde Gas, the Rotterdam mobility centre (taxi) and the municipality of Arnhem also have the Hyundai with fuel cell that runs on hydrogen at their disposal now.

A hydrogen car is an electric car with a fuel cell on board which makes electricity from hydrogen and oxygen. The car is powered by an electric motor, like the plug-in hybrid cars that we know already. Their power comes out of the existing batteries. Driving on hydrogen has the potential to make mobility completely emission-free, with no CO2 emissions or local air pollution. It is therefore one of the promising paths towards sustainable mobility, alongside plug-in electric cars and the use of sustainable biofuels.

Radius of action

The first public hydrogen filling station of the Netherlands is opened in Rotterdam (Rhoon). Filling stations dispense hydrogen in compressed form at a ‘normal’ pump. The standard pressure for buses is about 350 bar and for passenger cars, 700 bar. Today’s fuel cell electric vehicles can drive some 500 to 600 km on 1 full tank, and refilling the tank takes about 3 minutes. The emissions from a hydrogen car is just water vapor. Another important advantage is that hydrogen can be produced sustainable and can be stored permanently.

Rotterdam at the forefront

The city of Rotterdam is a leader in the field of sustainable mobility. Pex Langenberg, alderman Port, Sustainability and Mobility, welcomes the advent of the hydrogen car. “The City of Rotterdam wide to sustainable mobility, both with electric cars, bicycles, public transport as well as vehicles with fuel cells that run on hydrogen. Next to that, it is in everyone’s interest that we take measures to reduce the emission of harmful substances and gases in city centers. A city like Rotterdam, the city, the harbor and thus the huge demand for mobility must be viable and remain viable. Cars, buses and trucks powered by hydrogen offer a partial solution for this.