Ground-breaking: First public hydrogen station in Belgium is being built on Toyota land
Sylvie Caira
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Joining Ms Annemie Turtelboom, Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government, Flemish Minister for Budget, Finance and Energy, Mr Masahisa Nagata, Toyota Motor Europe Executive Vice-President, Mr Diederick Luijten, Air Liquide Benelux Industries Director for Industrial Merchant, and Mr Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen-Joint Undertaking, dug a shovel in the ground to kick off the construction of the hydrogen station.

There are times when ground-breaking moments call for an actual… ground breaking. Last Friday, the construction of the very first public hydrogen station in Belgium has started on the land of Toyota Motor Europe in Zaventem.

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The shovels have been already dug in the ground to prepare for the opening to the public by mid-2016. Mirai drivers, as well as drivers of other fuel cell vehicles, will of course have access to the station 24h a day, 7 days a week. The station will be built, maintained and operated by Air Liquide.

We have already announced at the Frankfurt Motorshow that Belgium would be the fourth country in Europe to commercialise world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell sedan. Toyota Mirai will start sales from the first half of 2016.

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With a range similar to a conventional car and with a refuelling time of less than 5 minutes, the Toyota Mirai does not emit any harmful emissions – only water leaves the tailpipe. Just like with the Prius launched in Europe in 2000, which has since become popular and spawned several other hybrid vehicles, Toyota wants Mirai to begin a new era in clean mobility and intends to popularise zero emissions fuel cell mobility within a couple of decades.

The first public hydrogen station in Belgium will be connecting the country to the ever growing European network of hydrogen stations.

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