Eni has opened the new San Giuliano Enistation in Mestre, Venice, in the presence of Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, Eni Energy Evolution Chief Operating Officer Giuseppe Ricci and Toyota Motor Italia CEO Luigi Ksawery Luca. This is the first public-access service station that allows to refuel hydrogen in an urban area in Italy.
The system is equipped with two dispensing points with a capacity of over 100 kg/day, which can refuel vehicles in about 5 minutes and buses too. The station, which was fitted with innovative safety and fire-fighting equipment, also supplies traditional fuels and electrical recharging services.
“For us, this is an achievement, as well as a starting point. We want to play a leading role and it is no coincidence that we are in place such as Veneto and Venice, creating infrastructure that responds to the demand for sustainable mobility and, more generally, an effective and practical energy transition. Our commitment rests with our customers, to whom we want to offer all our people and car-based services and products. We do so while also respecting public institutions, supporting the strategic development of the projects they have planned for the transformation of our country,” said Ricci.
Following the agreement signed in 2019 between the Municipality & Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota, the car manufacturer will put a minimum of 10 Toyota Mirai on the road. Three were already delivered to Mayor Brugnaro and will be used by the Municipality of Venice. Three other vehicles will become part of the fleet dedicated to the KINTO car-sharing service in the city of Venice. The remainder will be delivered in the coming months.
“Today marks a fundamental step in the development of hydrogen mobility in Italy. We are excited and proud to support Eni and the City of Venice in the success of this project by making our Mirai cars available. The path to zero-emission mobility must leverage the widespread use of both hydrogen and battery-powered vehicles, two technologies which we view as fully complementary to each other. The hope is that this will be the first of many hydrogen refueling stations which will soon align Italy to other European countries,” commented Ksawery Luca.
“Today Venice, thanks to Eni and the full support of the entire municipal administration, has provided tangible proof that it is truly the World Capital of Sustainability. It is a city that in recent years has been investing resources to contribute to an energy transition that effectively guarantees the protection the environment. The oldest city of the future, it provides an example for many other administrations that will be able to see what we are doing. This refueling station will allow us to quickly move ahead with our plan to modernize local public transport powered by hydrogen, which we are implementing with the investments from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan [PNRR]. Above all, thanks to Toyota, will be adding new hydrogen-powered cars to the Municipality’s car fleet. The future of Venice is today, and in this spirit, we keep looking forward,” added Mayor Brugnaro.