Adoption of cleaner fuels as an alternative to oil (electricity, natural gas, hydrogen) is key to improving air quality in cities. These fuels now constitute solutions for greener travel while being more competitive and more comfortable for users.
In order to fight global warming and improve air quality, the authorities in Rotterdam are promoting electric transport solutions. ENGIE is a partner in this project, and 4,000 charging stations for electric vehicles will be installed in strategic areas in The Hague and Rotterdam by 2020. ENGIE and EV-Box will be responsible for operating them for 12 years, as well as supplying energy for the electric vehicles. Most of the roll-out costs are met by profits from operating the stations and supplying the electricity, a sustainable financial model for local authorities.
EV-Box, which was acquired by the Group in 2017, is helping us meet our ambition of becoming a world player in green mobility. With more than 85,000 charging station in service in Europe, the United States and China and the ambition of reaching 1 million charging points by 2025, EV-Box is one of the world’s leading suppliers of charging solutions for electric vehicles.
For the first time in France, hydrogen is being used for mass transit. Fueled by renewable hydrogen, eight high-level service buses will be operating in the city of Pau, southwestern France, in September 2019, under a contract linking SMTU-PPP, ENGIE, Van Hool and ITM Power.
They constitute the cornerstone of the new transport network imagined by the Pau urban area as part of its overall urban redevelopment project aimed at improving the perception and use of public spaces in a sustainable way.
The solution developed for Pau is the world’s first hydrogen refueling station for buses. Derived from our experience of NGV, it will allow the vehicles to fully recharge automatically overnight.
ENGIE is working alongside local authorities in a joint commitment to develop new mobility solutions based on alternative fuels in order to facilitate public transportation and maintain high-quality breathable air. Following the lead of the city of Pau, the Var department and the Hauts-de-France region have both decided signed contracts with ENGIE to switch to hydrogen fuel.
You can find out more about our solutions for making mobility more fluid, clean and economical… or how ENGIE is working today to build the city of tomorrow in a series of articles and interviews in our special dossier on mobility.