Europe Takes the Lead in Hydrogen Highway, but not Gracefully

Like all green cars, fuels, and tech­nolo­gies, find­ing a con­ve­nient, acces­si­ble chain of charg­ing and fuel­ing sta­tions is a crit­i­cal issue for suc­cess. Europe now has the world’s longest “hydro­gen high­way,” a 1,404 mile trek where fuel cell vehi­cles can stop and gas up with hydro­gen at fuel­ing sta­tions. The route goes from Oslo to Monte Car­lo, and is the brain­child of Zero Emis­sions Reduce Orga­ni­za­tion (ZERO), a Nor­we­gian advo­ca­cy group the pro­motes fuel cells, EVs, and oth­er green­tech. A ZERO team made the trip in five days in two Hyundai iX35 FCEVs and nev­er once ran out of fuel.

Like any trail­blaz­ers the ZERO team encoun­tered some obsta­cles. First was a sta­tion that was out of ser­vice. That meant the team had to fer­ry from Gothen­burg, Swe­den to Kiel, Ger­many. Even in Ger­many, which has some of the world’s most advanced hydro­gen infra­struc­ture, sta­tions weren’t open to the pub­lic so ZERO had to call ahead and make appoint­ments to refu­el. The fuel cell cars came close to run­ning out of hydro­gen more than once, high­light­ing the huge need for advance­ments in the fuel­ing infra­struc­ture.

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