The very first Eni hydrogen refueling station was inaugurated on June 10 in Venice Mestre. This is the first road mobility station to open to the public in an urban area in Italy where it is also possible to refuel using hydrogen. Eni has also recently signed an agreement with IVECO and CNH in view of sustainability initiatives.
How the first Eni hydrogen refueling station in Italy works
The system is equipped with two dispensing points with a capacity of over 100 kg/day, which can refuel vehicles in about 5 minutes, and buses too. The station was fitted with innovative safety and fire-fighting equipment. It was completely rebuilt in recent months and has reopened to the public in February. It supplies traditional fuels and electrical recharging services, with one charging column supporting two stations that can simultaneously recharge a vehicle in fast and ultrafast mode.
Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, Eni Energy Evolution Chief Operating Officer Giuseppe Ricci and Toyota Motor Italia CEO Luigi Ksawery Luca participated in the opening ceremony. Indeed, following the agreement signed in 2019 between the Municipality & Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota, the car manufacturer will put a minimum of ten Toyota Mirai on the road.
The statements from the opening ceremony
“For us, this is an achievement, as well as a starting point. We want to play a leading role and it is no coincidence that we are in place such as Veneto and Venice, creating infrastructure that responds to the demand for sustainable mobility and, more generally, an effective and practical energy transition. Our commitment rests with our customers, to whom we want to offer all our people and car-based services and products. We do so while also respecting public institutions, supporting the strategic development of the projects they have planned for the transformation of our country”, stated Giuseppe Ricci, Eni Energy Evolution Chief Operating Officer.
“Today marks a fundamental step in the development of hydrogen mobility in Italy. We are excited and proud to support Eni and the City of Venice in the success of this project by making our Mirai cars available. The path to zero-emission mobility must leverage the widespread use of both hydrogen and battery-powered vehicles, two technologies which we view as fully complementary to each other. The hope is that this will be the first of many hydrogen refuelling stations which will soon align Italy to other European countries”, added Luigi Ksawery Luca, CEO of Toyota Motor Italia.
“Thanks to Eni and the full support of the entire municipal administration, Venice has provided tangible proof that it is truly the World Capital of Sustainability”, commented Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice. “It is a city that in recent years has been investing resources to contribute to an energy transition that effectively guarantees the protection the environment. The oldest city of the future, it provides an example for many other administrations that will be able to see what we are doing. This refuelling station will allow us to quickly move ahead with our plan to modernise local public transport powered by hydrogen”.