Copenhagen, Denmark–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two pan-European projects have collaborated to bring zero-emission hydrogen taxis and a new hydrogen refueling station to the Danish capital.
The ZEFER (Zero Emission taxi Fleets for European Rollout) and H2ME2 (Hydrogen Mobility Europe) projects, both funded by the European Clean Hydrogen Partnership1, have deployed 100 hydrogen taxis in Copenhagen with the app-based taxi company DRIVR. The Toyota Mirais runs on green hydrogen from renewable energy, following the installation and opening of a new hydrogen refueling station (HRS) in the city.
This latest taxi deployment means the wider ZEFER project has reached its full complement of 180 FCEVs in high-utilization captive fleets across Europe with deployments in three capitals (Paris, London and Copenhagen). The deployment of taxis in Copenhagen will complement 60 taxis previously deployed on Hype by STEP in Paris, and another 60 passenger cars in London deployed between private hire company Green Tomato Cars (50) and the Metropolitan Police (10).
To date, the 120 vehicles operated under the ZEFER project have covered more than 7 million kilometers powered solely by hydrogen. This high mileage is achieved because the project deliberately targets very high daily mileage applications most suitable for hydrogen vehicles. They achieved this without major safety or reliability incidents and the vehicles’ performance was highly rated by drivers and fleet managers, with a limited number of failures or problems encountered directly related to the hydrogen drivetrain.
The Danish government has targeted all taxis to be zero emissions by 2030 and DRIVR has won the public tender to provide ad-hoc taxi services in the city of Copenhagen. The 100 new hydrogen taxis will complement DRIVR’s existing low-emission fleet, which already includes hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles.
“We are extremely proud that DRIVR has been entrusted with the important task of helping the Municipality of Copenhagen achieve its environmental goals, and we are very grateful for the cooperation with Toyota, which has enabled us to meet their needs with the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen cars. said Haydar Shaiwandi, CEO of DRIVR.
“While aiming to deploy its platform in 15 new cities by 2024, Hype believes that hydrogen is one of the most relevant solutions for intensive and random mobility and that the taxi market can play a key role in accelerating the adoption of hydrogen by professionals on a large scale. . We are happy to see DRIVR accelerate the integration of hydrogen among its solutions. This demonstrates that, thanks to the support of programs such as ZEFER, an increasing number of players are taking the path of hydrogen. Early adopters will definitely have an advantage and leverage their experience moving forward. » said Mathieu Gardies, president of Hype.
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1 formerly Fuel Cell and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH2 JU)