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Hyundai Provides World's First Fuel Cell Vehicle Sharing Service

Hyundai has started a partnership with the Germans at Linde Group to start the BeeZero car sharing program.
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Unlike other car sharing programs, the new BeeZero scheme will only use hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. BeeZero is the first project of this type that includes FCVs, and it will be launched this summer in Munich, Germany.

Instead of other programs that allowed the public to drive a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, this one will come at lower costs, as the user will not have to lease or buy the vehicle to drive a car powered by hydrogen.

The new partners of zero-emission car sharing have not announced the price for those interested, but we expect to obtain additional information on the topic when the program is available to the public.

Either way, since it is run by two major companies, we expect the scheme to be subsidized, so many people will get the chance to experience driving in a car that is fueled by hydrogen and is available for purchase today.

The fleet of 50 cars will be spread between Munich’s center and areas of Schwabing, Haidhusen, and Glockenbachviertel. The FCVs will be available through online booking, either through a browser or a dedicated smartphone app.

Hyundai claims a range of 600 kilometers for a full tank of hydrogen with the ix35, so there should not be any range anxiety with this vehicle if the user is mildly cautious. The hydrogen used by the makers of this project comes from sustainable production, so the transport service is carbon neutral.

Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle is the first mass-produced and commercially available fuel cell vehicle, although other carmakers have allowed members of the public to drive hydrogen cars through various programs.

But those vehicles could only be accessed through a particular lease contract, which did not enable the user to keep the car once the lease ended.

Hyundai is joined by carmakers like Toyota and Honda on the production and commercially-available fuel cell vehicle segment. Both Japanese brands have released commercially available FCVs, developed from scratch. However, the guys at Hyundai were the first to market the ix35 FCV on several continents without any restrictions.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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