Hydrogen is an energy carrier, not a fuel that is burned. Hydrogen cars are filled up with hydrogen, which is converted into electricity by a fuel cell. The only waste product is water.
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At present, most hydrogen vehicles are lease vehicles, public transport vehicles and taxis. This is because government procurement contracts are increasingly specifying clean vehicles. Long-distance transporters who can’t find a battery-electric solution often choose biogas or hydrogen.
Hydrogen-driven vehicles are very clean and quiet, and have a longer range than other vehicles using other clean fuels. In addition, filling only takes 5 minutes, the same as conventional fuels.
Hydrogen cars also enjoy a lower benefit-in-kind taxation rate:
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This lower benefit-in-kind taxation also applies to battery-electric vehicles, but only up to a certain amount. Hydrogen vehicles aren’t subject to this limit, so the lower benefit-in-kind taxation rate applies to the entire purchase price.
Fuel costs are similar to petrol. Fuel costs and the prices of hydrogen cars are expected to fall in the coming years.
Filling up with hydrogen is safe, as filling stations have to comply with strict regulations. Hydrogen is not inherently explosive. Even if hydrogen escapes from the tank, the risk of fire or explosion is low, and certainly not higher than with petrol or LPG, for example.
Filling up with hydrogen is pretty similar to filling up with other fuels, especially CNG/biogas. There are five public hydrogen filling stations in the Netherlands where you can simply fill up your vehicle. It is supplied at a pressure of 700 bar for passenger cars and 350 bar for buses and trucks.
At OrangeGas, you can simply fill up your vehicle with hydrogen using a normal card: debit card, fuel card, or even a credit card.
The OrangeGas fuel card is free. However, other providers may require you to request a separate tag or your own fuel card. Check this with the relevant operator.
In Germany, there is a universal card for filling up, namely the H2 live fuel pass. https://h2.live/en/meinh2live
All OrangeGas hydrogen filling stations are listed under ‘filling stations' on our website. For the complete network, go to: https://opwegmetwaterstof.nl/tanklocaties/
The tank-to-wheel emissions of a hydrogen car are zero. The well-to-wheel emissions depends on the origin of hydrogen. Grey hydrogen is often made from natural gas, while green hydrogen is made using wind and solar energy.
Yes. This is absolutely possible. A small number of lease car suppliers now offer cars with factory-fitted hydrogen systems.
Yes you can, many buses and trucks have already been converted. For example, installing a hydrogen fuel-cell range extender in an electric bus allows it travel further under electric power, and the chassis of diesel trucks can be converted to hydrogen. There are also companies that convert delivery vans and passenger cars to hydrogen.
The number of hydrogen filling stations varies enormously from country to country. For example, Germany already has nearly 100, while in Belgium there are just 2. You can find all the filling stations outside the Netherlands at: https://h2.live/en/tankstellen
The hydrogen sold at OrangeGas stations is green, and we always have filling equipment for passenger cars (700 bar) and buses/trucks (350 bar). You can purchase your hydrogen at OrangeGas using normal payment methods. This is not always the case with other providers where you have to request a separate tag or fuel card. Last but not least, we attach great importance to quality and continuity, so filling up at an OrangeGas station is always a positive experience.
The range of a hydrogen car is approximately 500 km to 650 km. Hydrogen systems are often custom made for buses and trucks, so the range depends on the size of the hydrogen tank installed.