Air Liquide and Al Futtaim Motors have jointly inaugurated the first hydrogen station in Dubai.
The station, designed and installed by Air Liquide, will support the deployment of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UAE.
This station, which relies on cutting-edge technology tailored specially for the region, will allow hydrogen-powered electric vehicles to recharge in less than five minutes with a driving range of around 500km, a press release said.
Matthieu Giard, hub executive vice-president, Africa, Middle East and India, Air Liquide, said, "Air Liquide is promoting hydrogen as a key enabler for an effective transition to a low-carbon economy. This first hydrogen station installed in partnership with Al Futtaim Motors in Dubai is a first step for a large-scale deployment of hydrogen energy in this region. We are proud to bring our expertise and technology to create a more sustainable society, allowing all parties to contribute in improving air quality in our cities”.
Bertrand Thiébaut, senior managing director, Al Futtaim Motors, and vice president automotive group, Al Futtaim, said “The pilot which started with only three Toyota Mirai vehicles, will soon expand to involve a larger fleet that will be tested across the UAE by key government entities and private sector stakeholders. With the inauguration of the UAE’s first hydrogen refueling station in partnership with Air Liquide, we are one step closer to a low-carbon society, as we work towards a concrete contribution to a cleaner air, in line with the Government’s green agenda.
According to the release, hydrogen is an alternative to fossil fuels in addressing the clean transportation challenge while improving air quality. Used within a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity and water as the only byproduct.
Air Liquide and Al Futtaim Motors’ initiative is fully aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 aiming at lowering CO2 emissions, and promoting green mobility and clean air objectives in the Emirates, the release added.