Visits by politicians are nothing unusual in an election year. However, the visit of Dr. Stefan Kaufmann (CDU), Innovation Commissioner of the Federal Government, and MP Stephan Pilsinger (CSU) had a different background: interest in innovative H2 technologies and exciting companies. Therefore, the two politicians visited the Munich-based high-tech start-up KEYOU, aiming to revolutionize the commercial vehicle sector with hydrogen engines. During their visit to the company’s Munich headquarters, Dr. Kaufmann and MP Pilsinger learned about the application of hydrogen in mobility and about the latest research in the field of H2 storage technology.
Everyone is talking about the mobility revolution. And while the “mobility of the future” is still exclusively associated with e-mobility in many places, KEYOU’s Munich engineers are working flat out on the hydrogen engine. “Especially in the commercial vehicle sector, hydrogen has no alternative. Clear advantages, among other things, are the robustness of the engines, as well as faster refueling times or lower costs – compared to e-vehicles or fuel cell trucks,” explained Thomas Korn, CEO, and co-founder of KEYOU GmbH. The Munich MP, Stephan Pilsinger, and the German government’s innovation officer for green hydrogen, Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, wanted to convince themselves in person on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The meeting, initiated by Munich MP Stephan Pilsinger, primarily focused on hydrogen mobility and future H2 storage technologies. “The federal government’s goals are ambitious. In the long term, Germany is to become the ‘hydrogen republic’ and the innovation leader in hydrogen technologies. Companies like KEYOU contribute with their ‘KEYOU-inside’ technology to achieve this goal in the long run,” said Dr. Kaufmann about his visit to the Munich-based clean mobility start-up.
For Stephan Pilsinger, a member of the Munich parliament, it is a particular pleasure that a Munich company is at the forefront of hydrogen: “Due to its many technology companies, Munich is known as the German equivalent of California’s Silicon Valley. The fact that a company from Munich is also a leader in hydrogen mobility naturally makes me particularly proud as a member of my constituency,” said Pilsinger following the meeting.
“It was a great exchange, and we are pleased that the hydrogen engine is gradually gaining more and more acceptance among politicians and the public. We are currently working on completing our prototypes, which we intend to present to the public next year,” KEYOU CEO Korn continued.