London’s Metropolitan Police Service is fielding the world’s largest fleet of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric police vehicles. The first of 11 Toyota Mirai FCVs cars have been delivered to the Met with support from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) grants program and are equipped to work as both marked and unmarked vehicles for overt and covert response, as well as general purpose use.
The Mirai will have access to five hydrogen filling stations across the capital—a number that’s set to increase in the future. On a tank of fuel, each car will be able to cover approximately 300 miles (483 km).
The Met is committed, alongside the Mayor, to making the service as environmentally friendly as possible and a big part of that work is ensuring our fleet is green. Since late 2015 we have been actively looking at ways to hybridize and electrify our fleet as well as exploring other new technologies such as hydrogen. This is enabling us to make great strides towards our ambition of procuring 550 vehicles as zero or ultra-low emission by 2020.—Met Commander Neil Jerome