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Air Liquide brings hydrogen station navigation app to California drivers

New app to locate hydrogen stations in the US

Air Liquide launches today the “H2 Station Finder” app in which drivers are able to find the closest hydrogen station in California, view station availability, and access an array of features.

Launched today in California, the H2 Station Finder app helps hydrogen vehicle drivers find the nearest station, get directions to it, and view station details, such as amenities offered. In addition, the app will enable drivers to monitor the amount of CO2 emissions avoided by fueling their vehicle with hydrogen energy. The app, which will first feature stations in California, is available via iOS (Apple store) and Android (Google Play store). Additional hydrogen stations in the U.S. and Europe will be added later this year.

To date, there are 35 publicly available hydrogen stations for fueling fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in California, and more are set to open to the public later this year. Given this steady growth in availability, Air Liquide will be providing hydrogen drivers a connected, digital experience that makes it simple and easy to fuel up on the road.

Hydrogen offers a number of benefits for clean transportation. Used in a fuel cell, it combines with the oxygen in the air to produce electricity, with water as the only byproduct. It does not generate any pollution at its point of use: zero greenhouse gases, zero particles and zero noise. Hydrogen brings a concrete response to the challenges of sustainable mobility and local pollution in urban areas. It takes less than five minutes to recharge hydrogen-powered ​electric ​vehicles ​for ​a ​driving ​range ​of more than 500 ​kilometers.

“Hydrogen drivers need to feel confident that they can get from Point A to Point B with ease, and ensuring they have access to hydrogen fueling stations along their route is a critical part of that,” said Ole Hoefelmann, CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC. “Present in the hydrogen sector for 50 years, Air Liquide is actively developing its energy applications and delighted to offer drivers a streamlined, user experience that allows them to get to where they need to go, when they need to go, and save emissions at the same time.”

"One of the most significant challenges of operating a hydrogen energy infrastructure is having consumer-friendly tools that will help drivers easily move within that infrastructure," said Bill Elrick, Executive Director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. "We're pleased that Air Liquide has stepped forward to offer such an important resource to drivers on the road, and we applaud their commitment to making California an even cleaner, greener state."