The app-based taxi service DRIVR has deployed more than 100 hydrogen cabs in Copenhagen this month. The fleet of Toyota Mirai runs against the backdrop of the Danish government’s target to ban sales of ICE cabs by 2025 and that all existing taxis must be emission-free by 2030.
The 100 Toyota Mirai significantly increase the number of hydrogen vehicles in the Danish capital. In addition, DRVIR, which received the fuel cell vehicles earlier this month, had won a tender from the city of Copenhagen to handle the entire municipality’s so-called “ad hoc cab service.” This means that children with disabilities, mentally handicapped citizens, citizens on their way to hospitals, municipal employees and politicians will in future take the hydrogen cab and get around with zero emissions.
While the partners do not disclose details on hydrogen supply or the number of fuelling stations, Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO of Hydrogen Denmark, said, “the many new taxis help create the necessary take-off of hydrogen at the service stations, which is essential for the development of the infrastructure.” He also considered the taxis “rolling showcases for green hydrogen technology, which is an area where the strong Danish value chain of subcontractors is among the world’s best.”
DRIVR’s vehicles were funded under the European hydrogen for transport projects, Hydrogen Mobility Europe 2 (H2ME2) and Zero Emission Fleet vehicles For European Rollout (ZEFER).
For the fuel cell cabs, press images show Toyota Mirai of the first generation built in 2014 and the second generation introduced in 2020. It is unclear whether the Mirai I are stock vehicles or whether the 100 vehicles are a mixture of both generations. Technically, the two vehicles differ significantly. The Mirai II not only has a more advanced fuel cell technology. It is also based on a different platform and has rear-wheel drive. At 63,900 euros, it is also around 15,000 euros cheaper than its predecessor.
The 100 vehicles in Copenhagen are not the first Mirai in cab or ride-hailing use. As recently as September, Viggo announced that it would add the Mirai to its Norwegian fleet in Oslo. The cab association in Madrid plans to introduce 1,000 H2 cabs by 2026, and in Paris, HysetCo is planning 600 new H2 cabs.
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