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How are our environmental goals changing cities today?

Hydrogen-powered taxis on the streets of Paris

An established joint venture that represents a landmark in the emergence of a hydrogen-based society in France and in the development of Hype, the world’s first fleet of zero-emission hydrogen-powered taxis. Hype was launched in 2015 during the COP21 and operates in Paris and the Île-de-France region.

The joint venture – called HysetCo – is between Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota. It’s the first ever company devoted to the development of hydrogen mobility in the Paris region.

HysetCo will make it easier to roll out hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and their recharging infrastructure within the Île-de-France region. Out of the 600 additional taxis that are planned by the end of 2020, Toyota will deliver 500 Mirai cars.

Through this project the partners are reinforcing their firm commitment to clean mobility and the improvement of air quality. It also clearly illustrates that hydrogen mobility is a suitable solution for intensive applications like passenger transportation. The organisation’s mission is to promote the sector’s transition towards zero emissions, with an objective of “zero emissions for taxis by the 2024 Paris Olympic Games”.

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Mirai helps the Met Police clean up London

The London Metropolitan Police Service has teamed-up with our Toyota Mirai to help create the world’s largest fleet of zero-emission police vehicles.

The only tailpipe emission the Mirai produces is water – a by-product of the fuel cell process which turns hydrogen into electricity to power the vehicle. The Mirai’s zero-emission performance will help the Met in its efforts to support the Mayor of London’s clean air strategy.

The City of Berlin as one of the most advanced “Mirai Cities”

With 45 Mirai, the Berlin start up CleverShuttle started a ride hailing success story. More than 5 Million kilometers driven within less than two years are a perfect proof for reliability and suitability for daily use.

In early 2020, two Toyota Mirai cars were registered by the Berlin Police Department, who use them heavily in daily patrol duties. The Mirai are fully equipped with siren, radio equipment, light-signal system and are painted in typical police blue silver.