Saudi Arabia's state-held Saudi Aramco and Air Products have jointly inaugurated the kingdom's first hydrogen fuelling station at Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park, which provided first fuel to a fleet of six Toyota Mirai electric cell-powered vehicles.
The fleet of Mirai vehicles was used to show the potential of hydrogen-fueled vehicles and how they can make a contribution to cleaner energy.
Mirai cars have a driving range of 500km with water as their sole emission, and the ability to be fueled as quickly as within five minutes, relative to the hour-long charge for tradition battery electric vehicles, Air Products said in a statement.
Commenting on the occasion, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Air Products, Seifi Ghasemi, said: “We are honoured to collaborate with Saudi Aramco to establish and develop a sustainable, hydrocarbon based supply system for fuel cell vehicles in Saudi Arabia.”
Saudi Aramco’s president and CEO, Amin H Nasser, added that the project represented an “exciting opportunity” for the two companies to demonstrate the potential and feasibility of hydrogen in the transport sector.