Ride share in Ger­many

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY -

IN Europe, car sell­ers are adapt­ing to of­fer trans­port to trav­ellers who don’t want to own cars, but who also don’t want to wait for a bus or cy­cle.

Car shar­ing is the an­swer and in Ger­many, the Linde Group last week an­nounced it will use 50 of Hyundai’s Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell elec­tric ve­hi­cles in the world’s first fu­el­cell car-shar­ing ser­vice.

Hyundai also of­fers hy­brid fuel elec­tric, as well as fully elec­tric, driv­e­trains, but the Linde Group went for the mod­els that run on hy­dro­gen in a nod to its rep­u­ta­tion as a global sup­plier of in­dus­trial, process and spe­cial­ity gases.

A state­ment by the Linde Group also as­sured it can sup­ply enough hy­dro­gen for the 50 cars to fill up.

This is an im­por­tant re­as­sur­ance, for re­ports from first adopters of hy­dro­gen cars are that they can­not get gas to re­fill their cars.

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