Electric mobility with a high cruising range
TOTAL as trailblazer of hydrogen mobility
The energy mix in the mobility sector is changing. Electric motors will gain in importance in the future. However, while battery-operated cars are handicapped by their limited range and long charging times, there is also an electric alternative that offers the same comfort as classic mobility: hydrogen vehicles with fuel cells.
The car is refueled in a nearly conventional manner within less than five minutes. Through the reaction of hydrogen with air, the fuel cell produces the electric current to power the electric motor and so makes a cruising range of 400 to 600 kilometers possible.
TOTAL service station in Karlsruhe, one of the most modern hydrogen service stations. The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) and Sunfire are testing the production of hydrogen in high-temperature electrolysis.
Hydrogen mobility - fuelling a car with hydrogen
Toyota Mirai - Hydrogen car of Toyota at the TOTAL service station in Karlsruhe.
Joint-Venture with H2 Mobility
With the joint venture H2 Mobility, an industry initiative has been established in Germany which aims to build a network of up to 400 hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany with the support of the Federal Government and thus create the basis for the introduction of hydrogen vehicles. TOTAL Germany has been one of the shareholders of the joint venture since the foundation of H2 Mobility. You can find an overview of current and future hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany and Europe at https://h2.live/.
With 16 years of experience, TOTAL Germany is the trailblazer in the development of hydrogen infrastructure. In September 2017, TOTAL opened one of the most modern stations in Karlsruhe. On display was also a prototype of the new Mercedes GLC F-Cell, the latest hydrogen car that was officially introduced by Mercedes at the International Automobile Show in Frankfurt shortly afterwards.
The fuelling station in Karlsruhe includes an additional special feature. The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) in cooperation with the company Sunfire is testing the production of hydrogen in high-temperature electrolysis. Power from a solar facility is being used to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. In this way, the hydrogen becomes a storage medium for volatile renewable energy and thus makes the connection between alternative energy and environmentally friendly mobility possible.