The SWARM hydrogen station, located in Zaventem on the Toyota premises and built by Air Liquide, was officially opened on the 22nd of April by Flemish Minister A. Turtelboom and several European Commission representatives. This station is the first hydrogen station open to the public in Belgium.

The SWARM project, co-funded by the FCH-JU, aims to demonstrate small 4-wheel fuel cell passenger vehicles in regional and municipal transport. Vehicles will be deployed in three European regions: the Brussels area and Wallonia, the British Midlands and the Weser-Embs regions in Germany.

The opening of the SWARM station was a success with more than 150 people attending the inauguration and a good press coverage. Several project vehicles were on show. Participants had the opportunity to visit the hydrogen station as well as to test drive several hydrogen vehicles, including a Toyota Mirai.

A High V.LO-City bus operating in Antwerp was used for the event as a shuttle bus. The bus stopped at the European Parliament as well as at Schuman, bringing European Commission officials, representatives from Hydrogen Europe as well as other stakeholders to the station in Zaventem. The bus was then parked next to other fuel cell vehicles at the hydrogen station.

People attending the inauguration of the SWARM station thus had the opportunity to learn more about hydrogen buses and the High V.LO-City project, with two Van Hool delegates to answer their technical questions. A lot of interest in the bus was noted.




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