Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Air Liquide’s site Sassenage, near Grenoble, France, on June 4th, 2016 in presence of Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO, Air Liquide Group. On the occasion of this state visit, Air Liquide and Hyundai committed to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) in Korea and in Europe.
Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Air Liquide’s Grenoble site, dedicated to new energies and advanced technologies. On this site, 700 employees develop user-focused, innovative and competitive solutions from the advanced technologies - for Space, Aerospace, Scientific Research markets-, to the Energy Transition territories (Hydrogen Energy, Biogas purification…).
On this occasion, Air Liquide and Hyundai committed to strengthen their collaboration in the field of Hydrogen mobility, with the objective to increase the number of hydrogen stations and FCEV fleets both in Korea and in Europe.
In Korea, in line with the national Green Car Roadmap ambitions, Air Liquide and Hyundai intend to collaborate for the deployment of hydrogen stations enabling the successful roll-out of Hyundai FCEV. In Europe, Air Liquide and Hyundai intend to further develop FCEV fleet projects such as taxis or municipal fleets. In France, Air Liquide has installed the first hydrogen station in the heart of Paris at the occasion of COP21 to serve the hydrogen-powered electric vehicles of the Hype Taxi fleet, currently composed of five Hyundai ix-35 cars. The objective is to increase this Taxi fleet to 70 vehicles.
Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice-President advanced Business and Technologies, Air Liquide, declared:
«It is an honor to welcome Korean President Park Geun-hye on this Air Liquide site at the forefront of clean energy and mobility solutions. We are pleased to expand our collaboration with Hyundai, a key actor for the deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. We will together move forward towards an accelerated development of Hydrogen mobility in Europe and Korea. »
Air Liquide is a sponsor of the 2015-2016 France-Korea year celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.