It is the first service station open to the public for the refueling of hydrogen in urban areas. It was inaugurated this morning in San Giuliano in Venice on the initiative of Energy Evolution of the Eni group. The plant is equipped with two dispensing points, with a potential of over 100 kilograms per day, which can recharge cars and buses in 5 minutes. The Eni-branded station located in via Orlanda was totally rebuilt and reopened to the public last February.
Present at the ribbon cutting were the mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, the general manager of Eni’s Energy Evolution, Giuseppe Ricci, and the CEO of Toyota Motor Italy, Luigi Ksawery Lucà. As agreed between the Municipality, Eni and Toyota in 2019, the Japanese carmaker today delivered the keys to three hydrogen cars (Toyota Mirai) to the mayor. Three other vehicles will soon enter the Kinto “car sharing” circuit of the lagoon municipality.
“This is a cornerstone – commented Ricci – We want to be protagonists in Venice and in the Veneto region, to respond to the demand for sustainable mobility and energy transition”. For Brugnaro, the new distributor «demonstrates how Venice wants to be the world capital of sustainability with facts. This station will allow us to proceed swiftly in a hydrogen-powered public transport modernization plan in which we believe, and which we are carrying out also thanks to the PNRR. We must be predisposed to change, – he concluded – also taking risks. Projects are not enough, we must also make them concrete ».
And Eni’s general manager of Energy Evolution added: «It is a goal for us and, at the same time, a starting point. We want to be protagonists, and it is no coincidence that we are in an area like Veneto and Venice. Our commitment is to the customers of our service stations, to whom we want to offer all the services and products dedicated to the person and the car, but also to public institutions, to support them in the strategic planning of the interventions envisaged for the transformation of our country “.