Hydrogen Cars Tested in France Pass with Flying Colors

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class="wp-caption-text">Hydrogen Car Fueling

A Honda FCX Clarity, Opel HydroGen4, Mercedes B Class Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Toyota FCHV-adv and Hyundai ix35 FCEV were all tested recently at a racetrack 15 miles outside of Paris, France. All vehicles were fueled courtesy of industrial gas company Air Liquide.

I had talked a few days ago about title="Air Liquide" href="http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/blog2/index.php/hydrogenforklifts/air-liquide-high-on-hydrogen-fuel-cell-forklifts/" target="_blank">Air Liquide being high on hydrogen forklifts, palette trucks and other kinds of lift trucks. But this major industrial specialty gas company also sees a bright future in selling hydrogen gas especially in the European marketplace.

The five hydrogen-powered cars previously mentioned were tested on a title="racetrack" href="http://www.h2euro.org/latest-news/hydrogen-hits-the-roads/the-first-laps-of-hydrogen-cars" target="_blank">racetrack called Circuit de Marcoussis. On this racetrack, people and companies can test everything from go karts to ATVs to hydrogen cars to racecars and all types of vehicles in-between.

This was a media event appealing to French journalists. The reporters quickly saw the value of the hydrogen cars in regard to quiet ride, zero emissions, refueling in 5 minutes and a range of 270 mile – 350 miles, depending upon the make and model of vehicle.

As of 2008, the title="European Hydrogen Highway" href="http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/eu-hydrogen-highway.htm" target="_blank">European Hydrogen Highway had about as many hydrogen fueling stations open as the United States. Now, I believe there are a few more open in the EU than the U. S. because of the aggressive approach Europe has taken towards building out the needed infrastructure. France has 5 hydrogen fueling stations and with a little more promotion such as this media event, they will likely be building out substantially more within the next 5 years.

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