In July, France-based HYPE, the world’s first taxi company operating exclusively with hydrogen vehicles, took delivery of 25 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. After almost 3 years of operation this delivery takes HYPE’s fleet to 100 vehicles.
More than 6000 Mirai are currently on the road globally, but the ambition is to sell 30,000 FC vehicles in the 2020s.
In France, hydrogen is gaining momentum. As part of the National Hydrogen Plan announced by the French Government, hydrogen mobility has been identified as a key element of this initiative.
This delivery of 25 Mirai adds to the initial supply of 13 and marks an important step in developing the partnership between Toyota, HYPE and Air Liquide. Together we are joined in the development of a hydrogen society.—Didier Gambart, President and CEO, Toyota France
This initiative is part of project ZEFER (Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out) that has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under grant agreement Nº 779538. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.
Zefer will deploy 180 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as taxis, private-hire vehicles and police cars in Paris, Brussels and London.
HYPE is accelerating its deployment in Paris with the intention of launching an equivalent service in Brussels at the end of 2018.