Fuel cell vehicle sales suspended after hydrogen refuelling station explodes in Norway

1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 13, 2019

Following an explosion at the Uno-X hydrogen refuelling station at Kjørbo outside Oslo in Norway, Toyota and Hyundai have reportedly halted sales of hydrogen-powered vehicles until the cause of the incident is determined and the stations are back online.

Nel Hydrogen, the company operating the hydrogen refuelling stations, also suspended operations at its other stations in Norway, Denmark and other countries following the explosion.

Nel received a report of an incident involving a fire at the Kjørbo hydrogen station at 17:40 CET on 10 June. The fire was contained just after 20:00 CET, however the cause remains unknown.

No serious injuries were reported. As one of the main equipment suppliers to the station, Nel immediately mobilised expert personnel to the scene and is actively contributing to the ongoing investigation.

Nel CEO Jon André Løkke said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the incident.

“Safety remains the core of our operations and we‘re providing all relevant technical assistance in the ongoing investigation. In addition to immediately mobilising our personnel to the scene, we have also brought in our experts from Denmark overnight. We will continue to work closely with all relevant parties to determine the root cause,” he said.