As sponsors of Nuit Blanche 2022, Air Liquide and Toyota are teaming up to offer a hydrogen mobility service for the 21st edition of the event. By participating in Nuit Blanche, providing free hydrogen shuttles, Air Liquide and Toyota are reiterating their commitment to participate in the development of clean mobility.
As pioneers of hydrogen mobility and long-standing partners, Air Liquide and Toyota will share their respective expertise for the 2022 edition of Nuit Blanche. Both Groups have joined forces to provide visitors with free new generation Toyota Mirai shuttles, powered by low-carbon hydrogen produced by Air Liquide. These vehicles will travel between three emblematic areas of the event: the Charléty stadium, the Hôtel de Ville, and the Villette, enabling their passengers to discover the artworks which will be installed there.
Through this initiative, Air Liquide and Toyota want to showcase hydrogen-powered mobility and demonstrate that solutions to address the climate emergency and ensure the success of the energy transition exist. Hydrogen vehicles are electrically powered vehicles with an integrated fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity. The result: zero CO2 emitted over the distance traveled, all the advantages of electric mobility combined with great autonomy and fast recharging.
Taking action today while preparing for the future is at the heart of Air Liquide’s strategy. As a pioneer and an expert in hydrogen, the Group is a world leader in the large-scale production of low-carbon hydrogen and in the development of its uses in industry and mobility.
Matthieu Giard, Vice-President and member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee, supervising Hydrogen activity, says:
“By providing sustainable mobility for Nuit Blanche, a major event in the cultural life of Paris, Air Liquide is reiterating its ambition to provide society with tangible solutions that address both the climate emergency and mobility needs. Air Liquide has been a world leader in hydrogen for 60 years. Today, the Group is drawing on its expertise in this molecule to ensure that the energy transition and the decarbonization of the planet are a success. This innovative partnership proves that by combining the skills of public and private partners, sustainable mobility is now possible and accessible.”
Air Liquide’s participation in Nuit Blanche is part of an innovative and educational approach for the general public to improve knowledge about hydrogen and its potential for the energy transition. As such, the Group will broadcast “Génération Hydrogène”, a special program that will provide information about this molecule and its uses, on airliquide.com on September 28th.
Toyota is also multiplying innovative initiatives to provide increasingly environmentally friendly mobility solutions to promote the advent of a “zero-emission” world. The Group is convinced of the potential of hydrogen in mobility for cars, but also for trains, buses and boats, and in general of its key role in the energy transition. Toyota is therefore fully committed to democratizing its use in our daily lives and confirming its relevance.
“Toyota champions a low-carbon, inclusive and responsible society. That is why we aim to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2030. Providing access to the Toyota Mirai, a zero-emission hydrogen vehicle, is a wonderful example of our investment in a better world,”
explains Frank Marotte, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota France.