Norwegian hydrogen transport sector on hold after explosion
17 June 2019
A major explosion at a hydrogen filling station in Sandvika west of Oslo on June 12 has brought most of the hydrogen vehicle industry in Norway to a standstill. Both Toyota and Hyundai halted deliveries of hydrogen cars pending the release of more information about the explosion.
The website newsinenglish.no says Toyota Norge is offering customers free use of loan cars until the uncertainty around hydrogen filling stations is resolved.
The explosion has also prompted public transport agency Ruter to take its hydrogen buses out of service and close its own hydrogen filling facility at Rosenholm, the website said. This uses different technology than that used by the Uno-X chain where the explosion occurred, but hydrogen buses will temporarily stop running as a safety precaution.
All of the eight hydrogen filling stations in Denmark have also temporarily closed following the explosion in Sandvika.
Oslo police said the investigation into the explosion could take months and they would not speculate on possible reasons until it was complete. There were no reports of injuries following the incident.