Oct. 13, 2015, was the official start of activities for H2 Mobility Germany. After the joint-venture consisting of six industry partners had already been founded in January last year (see July 2015), the joint launch came in fall in the presence of the Federal Minister of Transport, Alexander Dobrindt, and all company representatives. This meant that the organization’s CEO, Frank Sreball, had nine months to familiarize himself with the issues, so that H2 Mobility can now – in his own words – “go full steam ahead in preparing for the first stage of the action plan.” Furthermore: “It [the plan] relies on a swift installation of an initial 100 filling stations over the next years.” H2 Mobility pledged to fund the project for extending the H2 infrastructure with EUR 400 million.
The joint-venture started out in September 2009 as the H2 Mobility initiative and had originally planned to set up 50 H2 filling stations until the end of 2015 and around 400 until the end of 2023. After the first milestone, the 50 stations, will be expected to be reached only at the end of 2016, it remains unclear whether the 400-station target can still be achieved within the current timeframe.