Coop opens first public hydrogen filling station in Switzerland and incorporates twelve new Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cells into the fleet

Coop opens first public hydrogen filling station in Switzerland and incorporates twelve new Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cells into the fleet

SWITZERLAND
Delivery of 12 hydrogen powered vehicles is a milestone in Swiss mobility.

Coop is writing Swiss mobility history. Coop Pronto opened the first public hydrogen filling station for automobiles and commercial vehicles on November 4, 2016 in Hunzenschwil (AG). At the same time, Coop is incorporating twelve new Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell into it´s own fleet.

As a global leader in the development and manufacturing of vehicles with hydrogen drive, Hyundai has been producing the first serially manufactured fuel cell vehicle worldwide since 2013. The ix35 Fuel Cell, a modern crossover vehicle suitable for everyday use is already on the market in Switzerland, and can be tested at the Auto Zürich Car Show 2016, among other places.

For once, revolution comes quietly, in the form of a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. The first fuel cell vehicle worldwide has an electric drive. The vehicle produces the necessary electricity itself using hydrogen, which is transformed into electrical current directly in the vehicle. The result: 100% electrical, a range of approx. 600 km and less than 3 minutes to fill it up. This is the reality at Hyundai today. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell combines this advanced drive technology with all features and qualities of a modern crossover vehicle.

Coop as the Swiss pioneer in the usage of hydrogen vehicles

However, one pioneer is not enough to bring hydrogen drive technology to the streets. Even though the range of 600 km allows for a large radius of action, the availability of public filling stations and the production of electricity from renewable energy sources are among the indispensable prerequisites for helping this promising technology break through. This is where Coop comes in.

Coop is setting an important milestone with the opening of the first public hydrogen filling station in Switzerland. «Sustainability is a central, strategic pillar of our company. We are investing in the future and in a visionary mobility system. With the opening of the first public hydrogen filling station in Switzerland we want to jump start this development and contribute to the break-through of this future-oriented technology,» announced Joos Sutter, Chair of the Managing Board at Coop at the official inauguration in Hunzenschwil.

Diego Battiston, Managing Director of Hyundai Suisse, welcomes the creation of the filling station network: «A lot has happened in Switzerland since the introduction of the first Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell about a year ago. A 700-bar filling station is in use for research purposes at the EMPA in Dübendorf, the first ten fuel cell vehicles we imported have been on the road in Switzerland for months now, and the best part: We are only getting positive feedback. The customers value the convenience of the electric drive, as well as the long range and the everyday usability of the vehicle. However, this new mobility is only available to our customers if the hydrogen supply is guaranteed. Coop makes an important statement in this sense with the opening of the first public filling station, and is making a great contribution to environmentally friendly and sustainable mobility.»

The Coop hydrogen filling station in Hunzenschwil (A1 exit Aarau-East)

The 700- and 350-bar-hydrogen filling station at Gewerbestrasse 1 in 5502 Hunzenschwil is available during the opening hours of the Coop Pronto filling station. With its central, strategic location 500 m from the Autobahn exit Aarau-East, every Swiss city is (theoretically) within reach of the ix35 Fuel Cell, return trip and all.

Hydrogen at the Coop Pronto filling station costs 93 centimes per 100 g, translating into fuel costs of approx. CHF 52,45, or CHF 0,08/km for a full tank (and 600 km range).

Testing the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: it’s possible at the Auto Zürich Car Show 2016

Getting behind the wheel of the first serially produced vehicle with hydrogen drive will soon be possible for everybody. Hyundai Suisse will be presenting a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell at the upcoming Auto Zürich Car Show from November 10 to 13, offering the possibility of testing this vehicle on the streets. Reservations can be done directly at the Hyundai stand (Hall 2) without advance notice.

A high-quality vehicle

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is officially available in Switzerland, either for a price of CHF 66ʼ990.- or through leasing. Along with the state-of-the-art fuel cell technology, the vehicle comes with comprehensive equipment. Among others, this includes the radio navigation system with integrated rearview camera, but also comfort elements like heated seats in the front, 2-zone-climate control, or the rear parking assistance. Hyundai underlines the reliability of the Hyundai ix35 and the fuel cell technology with the factory guarantee of 5 years or 100ʼ000 km.

About Alcopa

Alcopa is a family-owned company based in Belgium. Its origin dates back to 1937 when Albert Moorkens set up the company in Antwerp.

Today, Alcopa employs over 2.000 employees spread in several countries. It comprises more than 90 individual companies which realized a combined turnover of 1.703 Million euros in 2015.

Alcopa comprises several Lines of Business (LOB) with different scopes and geographical footprints. More info on www.alcopa.com.