Toyota to Flood Paris Area With Hydrogen Cabs

Toyota hope to flood an area of the French capital with 1,100 hydrogen fuel-cell taxi cabs to boost the alternative energy’s role in urban mobility.

It has joined a hydrogen fuel joint venture group called HysetCo by teaming up with Air Liquide, Idex, the Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP). This collaboration is expected to boost the development of Hype, the world’s first fleet of zero emission, hydrogen-powered taxis, launched in 2015 during the COP21 sustainable innovation forum and operating 100 vehicles in Paris and through the Île-de-France region.

Members of HysetCo hope the move will facilitate the roll out of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and their refueling infrastructure in the region and reach the objective of providing 600 taxis by the end of 2020. Toyota has pledged to deliver an additional 500 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedans by the end of 2020.

Two initiatives will be covered by the JV including the distribution of hydrogen and the development of mobility-related applications. In a statement the organization’s aims are to “clean mobility and the improvement of air quality, as well as illustrating how hydrogen mobility is a suitable solution for intensive applications such as passenger transportation”. The move comes after the recent opening of a fourth hydrogen refueling station in Roissy, near Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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