Europe adapts its stations to heavy mobility

Europe hydrogen stations
Europe adapts its hydrogen stations to heavy mobility

According to the data held by H2stations.org, there are nearly a thousand stations around the world. The trend, in Europe at least, is to adapt the infrastructure to heavy vehicles.

Thus, 921 stations were in service at the end of 2023 (compared with 814 in 2022). Or perhaps a little more, as it is difficult to obtain accurate figures in China.

As a matter of fact, 37 more hydrogen stations opened in Europe in 2023, 92% of which can be used by heavy vehicles (buses and lorries). In comparison, in 2019, 70% of new refuelling stations were mainly for cars. In total, there are 265 stations on the continent, with Germany taking the lead with 105 stations (28 of which have been adapted for heavy mobility), well ahead of France with its 51 stations (France Hydrogène claims 69, although not all of them are open to the public). Next come the Netherlands with 22 stations and Switzerland with 17.

In Asia, China takes the lead with 197 stations. There are likely more, but they have not yet been authorised to open. Next up are South Korea with 174 stations (29 of which opened last year) and Japan with 166. North America is third, with 92 stations in the United States (including 75 in California). There are only 8 in Canada.

A total of 338 stations are under development worldwide, apart from China. Brazil, Oman and Namibia are among the new countries on the list. In all, 40 countries have stations in service or under construction.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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