02 Dec 2011
Rüsselsheim/Berlin. Opel has gained a new partner to test its fuel cell vehicles in real life scenarios. Now the hotel NH Berlin Friedrichstrasse is using a HydroGen4 vehicle which is powered by hydrogen. “Because of the variety of practical purposes and its strategically well placed position, NH Berlin Friedrichstrasse is an ideal partner for the continuation of our market trial in Berlin,” the Opel Vice President of Government Relations, Volker Hoff, said, during the handover event in the German capital. “The vehicle which is a part of our Berlin fuel cell fleet is supposed to give valuable further insights into the everyday suitability of this form of propulsion in the future.”
“NH Hoteles is aware that much needs to be done to make our planet better, cleaner and more sustainable,” the General Manager of the NH-Hotel Berlin Friedrichstrasse, Till F. Esser, said. “As part of our company’s philosophy ‘Wake Up to a Better World’, we show this awareness. We have already developed and implemented numerous sustainability initiatives: for example to reduce the energy and water consumption in households all around the world. We are extremely proud that we now possess one of the first hydrogen-powered and therefore truly zero-emissions free cars in Berlin and the whole of Germany.” The Berlin flagship of the Spanish Hotel group will make the Opel HydroGen4 available to its guests as well as the participants of the “Ecomeeting” seminar which it is hosting. The seminar is being held in line with the highest ecological standards.
Since December 2008, ten HydroGen4 vehicles have been in circulation on the streets of Berlin as part of the Opel’s contribution to the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP). So far companies such as the ADAC, Allianz, Axel Springer AG/Bild, Coca-Cola, Hilton, Linde, Pace, Schindler, Total and Veolia and institutions such as the Berlin office of the state of Hesse have been testing the SUVs in daily traffic. The CEP is a project that is promoted by Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in which the everyday suitability of hydrogen as a fuel in daily traffic is shown. It constitutes the largest such developmental program in Europe.
The Opel HydroGen4 is the latest milestone of Opel and General Motor’s research in the field of fuel cell propulsion. Its fuel cell stack consists of 440 series-connected cells that produce the electrical output to power the synchronous electric motor. The 73kW/100hp engine unit delivers an acceleration rate of 0 to 100 km/h in twelve seconds with a top speed is 160 km/h. Three high pressure tanks made from carbon-fiber composite material can hold up to 4.2 kg of hydrogen. This provides an operating range of up to 320 kilometers. Filling up with hydrogen only takes three minutes because of the 700-bar pressure technology. Opel was one of the main developers of the technology.
NH Hoteles (www.nh-hotels.com) ranks third among European business hotels. The Company operates 400 hotels in 24 countries, and is a leader in Europe, Latin America and Africa. NH Hoteles has at present 20 new projects for hotels under construction, which will provide around 3,000 new rooms. NH Hoteles is listed on the Stock Exchange of Madrid.
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