The world’s hydrogen charging network is expanding, but at a snail’s pace.
In 2021, 142 hydrogen charging stations were installed around the world, which is a record number. In Europe, 37 new stations opened, 89 in Asia, and 13 in North America.
Hydrogen charging stations can currently be found in 33 countries around the world. There were 685 stations in total by the end of 2021. There are currently plans in place to construct another 252 stations.
There were 228 hydrogen refueling stations in Europe at the end of last year, 101 of which were in Germany. France is still in second place with 41 stations, followed by the United Kingdom (19), Switzerland (12), and the Netherlands (11).
At the end of 2021, there were 363 hydrogen stations in Asia, with 159 in Japan and 95 in South Korea. The 105 Chinese is almost exclusively used to charge buses and trucks. South Korea had the largest increase in its charging network in 2021, with 36 new stations, allowing it to expand its fuel cell infrastructure.
The majority of the 86 hydrogen charging stations in North America are in California, with 60 of them. There were eleven new gas stations opened there in 2021. Back