Germany’s hydrogen station network will continue to be expanded by up to 15 stations a year for the next two years, H2 Mobility Deutschland and Germany’s transport ministry agreed today.
The new deal, signed this morning at the Stakeholder Conference on the National Hydrogen Strategy in Berlin, means more than 60,000 fuel cell cars and 500 commercial vehicles will be able to refuel in Germany by the end of 2021.
The first phase of hydrogen infrastructure expansion will be completed by mid-2020, when there will be 100 hydrogen stations in seven regions – Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich – as well as along the connecting arteries.
Today’s Memorandum of Understanding, signed by H2 Mobility Managing Director Nikolas Iwan and Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer, will see an additional 30 stations by the end of 2021 and these stations will be larger.
“While most stations today have a capacity sufficient for refuelling 40 to 50 cars per day, in the future it will be possible to fill up about three times as many vehicles at one station,” Iwan explained.
“H2 Mobility is thus not only preparing itself for the market ramp-up of hydrogen-powered passenger cars, but is also making it possible to service light and heavy commercial vehicles at selected sites.”
H2 Mobility said the new hydrogen stations will be set up in the regions with the greatest demand for hydrogen.