The car manufacturer BMW and petroleum company TOTAL have just completed an agreement to promote hydrogen as an energy source for vehicles. The agreement between the two companies states that TOTAL will build and operate three hydrogen filling stations in Europe by the end of 2007, supporting the market launch of BMW brand vehicles powered by hydrogen.
The two companies are not at their first attempt since they already work together in Berlin on a scale test of the viability of hydrogen as an energy source. As part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) under the auspices of the German Federal Government, TOTAL has opened in March 2006 station in Berlin a public hydrogen supply to traditional fuel pumps sides. The station replaces the pilot plant already built in Berlin by TOTAL in 2002.
Before the end of this year, TOTAL will open another public station of the same type in the Detmoldstrasse in Munich, close to the FIZ, the Centre for Research and Innovation BMW. The third station to European hydrogen, its location has not been chosen, but this decision must be made in the coming weeks.