26 Jun 15

Belgian regional government to facilitate hydrogen distribution network

During the official introduction of the Hyundai ix35 FCEV on the Belgian market, Flemish Vice President and Minister for Energy Annemie Turtelboom announced that during her legislation she would actively support the development of a hydrogen distribution network.

As a strong believer in alternative powertrains, Turtelboom attended Hyundai Belgium’s press conference at the company’s HQ to give her support to the company’s initiative of including a series-built hydrogen fuel cell car in their price list. According to the MP alternatively powered vehicles should represent 3% of the total fleet in order to have enough critical mass to make a difference.

Aware of the fact that Belgium is lagging behind in terms of CNG, electricity and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, the Flemish Vice President and Minister for Energy has drawn up an action plan that she will disclose in the coming weeks. It is likely to draw inspiration from the Scandinavian countries and might include fringe stimuli such as allowing zero emission cars to use the bus lane, giving them a clear advantage in highly congested areas.

South-Korean car maker Hyundai is the first to include a series-built hydrogen fuel cell car in their price list. After having leased the ix35 FCEV to various European national authorities since 2012, Hyundai believes the time is right to make the vehicle available for sale to private fleets and even consumers. The production capacity of the Ulsan plant (South Korea) will be increased to 10,000 units per year.

Authored by: Steven Schoefs