Hyundai has partnered with hydrogen fueling supplier Linde Group to bring the BeeZero carsharing program to Germany.
BeeZero will roll out 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles this summer in Munich.
The campaign hopes to bring support for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as a zero emission vehicle; and, it’s the first carsharing program that includes fuel cell vehicles, according to Hyundai. Consumers will have opportunities to try out carsharing and to test drive a fuel cell vehicle before choosing whether to buy or lease one. Pricing for the carsharing program has yet to be announced by the partner companies.
“BeeZero synergises two mobility trends that are gaining a lot of ground at the moment -car sharing and zero emissions – and will bring the benefits of fuel cell technology to a wider group of potential users,” said Dr. Christian Bruch, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.
The BeeZero carsharing service will be run on a zone-based model in Munich. Like other carsharing services, the cars can be easily booked online or a smartphone app.
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell can travel about 600 kilometers, or about 373 miles, on a single tank. There are more than 250 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs on roads in 13 European countries.
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, badged as the Tucson Fuel Cell in the U.S., was the world’s first mass-produced and commercially available hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle when it was launched in 2013.
The automaker plans to roll out the second fuel cell car in the near future with its own dedicated platform to be competitive with other mass market fuel cell cars from Toyota and Honda. Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles is part of a larger zero emissions campaign the will include the ambitious plan of launching 26 electrified Hyundai and Kia electrified models by 2020.