UAE opens first hydrogen station in Dubai

Toyota Distributor Al Futtaim Motors and Air Liquide team up to power fuel cell electric vehicles
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Thu 12 Oct 2017 11:36 AM

Toyota Distributor Al Futtaim Motors and Air Liquide have opened the UAE’s first hydrogen station for fuel cell electric vehicles in Dubai.

The station – which is located in Al Badia – is the first of a planned larger deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) which was started in May to test zero-emission technology.

FCEV vehicles run on hydrogen – which combines with oxygen in their onboard fuel cell stack to generate electricity - and emit only water from their exhaust pipes.

Unlike battery powered vehicles, FCEVs do not require external electric charging and can be refilled with hydrogen in under five minutes. They are able to travel approximately 500km on a full tank.

"Hydrogen is a key enabler for an effective transition to a low-carbon economy aiming at improving air quality in our cities,” said Matthieu Giard, Dubai Hub Executive Vice President for MEA and India at Air Liquide.

The government of Dubai has announced plans to make up to 10 percent of new fleet orders electric and hybrid vehicles.

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