London’s first hydrogen-fuelled minicabs take to the streets

Hydrogen London member, Toyota, and greentomatocars (GTC) have entered an agreement to create London’s first hydrogen-fuelled private hire car.

Two Toyota Mirai saloons began picking up passengers this week and it was perfect timing to highlight the benefits of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) – with increased traffic from thousands of Christmas shoppers and deliveries in London, it is one vehicle that will not be adding to pollution levels in the capital, as the only emission it produces from its tailpipe is water.

The vehicles, operated by GTC, have fuel cells that use hydrogen gas stored in two tanks, behind the rear seats and under the back axle, to generate electricity.

There is also a conventional battery as back-up. The only by-product is water vapour emitted through a plastic tailpipe that condenses as it hits the cooler air.

The Mirai FCEV has a range of up to 300 miles with a full tank —  and only takes about three to five minutes to refill. They have a top speed of more than 100mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in under 10 seconds; Toyota plan to deploy at least 12 Mirai in London from 2016.

GTC is the UK’s first eco car service and the only private car company to feature this model in London.

Julia Thomas, greentomatocars Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to announce that the first hydrogen powered fuel cell Toyota Mirai are now actively on the road and servicing our greentomatocars clientele as they travel around London.

As London’s own original eco passenger car service, we strive to support the latest in environmental transport technology and we are extremely excited to have these vehicles join our fleet, to delight our customers and to lead the way towards a cleaner city and world.”

Want to see more? Click here to watch passengers experience a hydrogen-fuelled trip around the west end of London.