Hey Taxi! Cummins Part of Paris Effort to Power Cabs With Green Hydrogen

Apr 22, 2022 11:55 AM ET
Press Release

April 22, 2022 /3BL Media/ A 2.5-megawatt (MW) electrolyzer from Cummins Inc. will be part of an effort to create the world’s largest green hydrogen taxi fleet that integrates hydrogen production, distribution and use. 

The global power leader, through its affiliate Hydrogenics Europe N.V., has signed a contract to supply the electrolyzer to Hysteco, a hydrogen mobility company owned by Total Energies, Air Liquide, Toyota, Kouros and others. 

The electrolyzer will enable local hydrogen production in Paris, France, to power Hysteco’s ambitious project. The initiative, which will distribute hydrogen through 12 large refueling stations, is slated for completion in 2024. 

The effort aims to accelerate the transition of on-demand transport and other professional mobility – such as commercial vehicles, buses, and heavy goods vehicles – to zero-emissions technology. Developing the infrastructure to support hydrogen technology is a critical step forward.

An electrolyzer is a system that uses electricity to break water into hydrogen and oxygen in a process called electrolysis. Hysetco will use renewable energy to power the electrolyzer, ensuring that the hydrogen produced is considered “green,” and the production process is completely carbon neutral. 

“Accelerating decarbonization through partnerships with companies like Hysetco is key to Cummins’ Destination Zero strategy,” said Piet Berens, Cummins’ Managing Director – Electrolyzers. “We are committed to establishing green hydrogen as a viable alternative energy vector and furthering the green hydrogen economy globally. This exciting project is an innovative example of hydrogen’s potential to decarbonize transportation and mobility at scale, and we are proud to be a part of it.” 

Cummins has a long history of advanced technology and engineering capabilities, and a broad portfolio of market-leading renewable hydrogen technologies. The company has deployed more than 600 electrolyzers and more than 2,000 hydrogen fuel cells across the globe.

Cummins’ technology has been part of many of the world’s hydrogen “firsts,” including powering the world’s largest PEM electrolyzer in operation at 20 MW in Bécancour, Canada; the world’s first megawatt-scale demonstration plant for storing wind energy in the natural gas grid in Windgas Falkenhagen, Germany; the world’s first hydrogen refueling station for ships, cars, trucks and industrial customers in Antwerp, Belgium; and the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train with Alstom.

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About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 59,900 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $24 billion in 2021. Learn more at cummins.com