A second hydrogen kiosk is set to open next month to service the six Mercedes-Benz A-class fuel-cell cars on the road in Singapore.
Running on electricity produced by a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen to produce water, the cars have been on a year-long trial, running up an average of more than 20,000 kilometres each.
DaimlerChrysler said it is is satisfied with the performance of the cars in the city-state. Despite the heat and humidity, they have had relatively few problems.
"The trial goes on until end-2006, but we've not decided whether to extend it or continue with the next generation of vehicles, based on the new Mercedes B-class," The Straits Times quoted Udo Loersch, DaimlerChrysler Southeast Asia vice-president, as saying.
The new cars will be able to store twice the amount of hydrogen, doubling their 160-kilometre range on a full tank.
The new BP station makes hydrogen on-site. It uses electrolysis to extract more than 10 kilograms of hydrogen from water a day.
The first kiosk gets trucked hydrogen gas.
DaimlerChrysler has 40 fuel-cell buses and trucks on trial around the world.
Fuel-cell vehicles cost about 10 times more than conventional cars. Environmentalists welcome the technology, but car makers expect prices will not be low enough to make them commercially available for 10 to 20 years.
They require no fossil fuels and emit only water from their tailpipes.