Hydrogen Fuel Station Explodes In Norway, Toyota And Hyundai Halt FCV Sales

An explosion ripped through a hydrogen fueling station in Norway earlier this week, prompting both Toyota and Hyundai to issue a stop-sale of their hydrogen vehicles in the country.

The station, located in Sandvika, violently exploded resulting in a 500-meter (547 yard) safety zone being established around the site. Thankfully, there was no one at the station at the time of the explosion.

Local publication NRK reports that two people were hospitalized after the shock wave from the explosion caused their car airbags to deploy. Nel, the company operating the station, has closed its other hydrogen fueling stations in Norway as a precautionary measure but says “it is too early to speculate about the cause” of the explosion.

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“I heard a big bang. We were on the beach at Henie Onstad Art Center just across the bay and heard a horrible bang. Then white smoke overturned from the station,” Monica Lid told local media.

In a statement, Toyota Norway manager Espen Olsen said the lack of operational hydrogen filling stations in the country means it is not practical to keep selling its Mirai for the time being.

“We don’t know exactly what happened on the Uno-X drive yet, so we don’t want to speculate. But we stop the sale until we have learned what has happened, and for practical reasons, since it is not possible to fill fuel now.”

Electrive reports that two experts have been flown in from Denmark to support local authorities in their technical investigations to find what triggered the explosion. The station in question was opened in November 2016.


  • Six_Tymes

    Surprised this didnt happen sooner.

  • Bart

    I understand the concern, and that hydrogen makes this newsworthy, but gas stations explode around the world quite often and no one halts selling ICE cars over that. And it’s only reported if someone’s died.

    • Exotics

      Because it’s just a normal thing. That’s what happens with highly combustive fuel. Oh well, let’s continue driving them!

      • rodriguez256

        Barrels can explode, hydrogen can explode and batteries can explode. Pick your poison.

      • Kyle Newberry

        Gasoline pools around you, hydrogen doesn’t lol.


  • George Kafantaris

    A hydrogen explosion occurs when there is an undetected leak that allows hydrogen to collect in pockets. But the new hydrogen detectors can find hydrogen anywhere — no matter how remote. They should be installed in every place that handles hydrogen. As for the California explosion, that was due to a leaky tank valve that could not be shut off remotely. This is an engineering problem with an easy fix. With known workable solutions, there should be no hydrogen explosions. But we do need to be implement the fixes — including ceiling ventilation — and instal the new hydrogen detectors.

    • Exotics

      Imagine a hydrogen station at your house.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Imagine natural gas entering a house via a pipe to, say, heat the water or cook food – that’d be unthinkable.

  • ChrisInIL

    I’m glad batteries don’t explode…..

    • Finkployd

      or fuel tanks, phew !

    • Ben

      Umm…they actually do. Research a bit, lol.

    • Exotics

      I’m glad internal *combustion* engines don’t explode….

    • Mr. EP9

      They just undergo spontaneously combustion and reignite multiple times. Ask Tesla.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Yeah, we’re so lucky that petrol isn’t flammable.

  • Tom

    Sabotage by the battery-powered car industry?

    • Exotics

      Of course

  • Nail in the coffin.

  • Exotics

    All 53 sales

  • Exotics

    Hydrogen is backed by Big Oil just so you know

  • This was bound to happen. I use magnets to move around.😳

  • Kyle Newberry

    I’m still convinced this would be a better option than batteries.

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