Hype H2 taxis cater to people with reduced mobility
The Hype hydrogen taxi fleet in Paris will be expanded this year by a total of 50 examples of the Stellantis models Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen and Citroën ë-Jumpy Hydrogen for people with reduced mobility.
The new H2 vehicles offer space for five people plus a wheelchair or six passengers without a wheelchair. The 50 H2 taxis mark the first stage of Hype’s partnership with the Stellantis Group, which could be expanded to up to 1,000 zero-emission taxis by the end of 2024.
These additional vehicles are conditional on obtaining so-called PMR licences for the transport of persons with reduced mobility. This licensing system is currently being set up by the authorities.
These vehicles, which can accommodate 5 passengers, including one in a wheelchair, or 6 passengers without wheelchairs, have been specially adapted from the passenger transport versions of the Peugeot e-Expert and Citroën ë-Jumpy produced at the Stellantis site at Hordain in Hauts-de-France.
Stellantis says its hydrogen range is perfectly suited to ‘intensive user’ professionals, with a range of 400 km. This zero-emission technology ensures maximum fleet availability because of the short charging and refuelling times. The new taxis are hybrid electric, with both a “reasonably-sized” rechargeable battery and a hydrogen fuel cell system, which Stellantis maintains provides an optimum solution for large-scale deployment.
To properly cater to the needs of people with reduced mobility, Hype is setting up a dedicated organisation to manage the fleet that will employ specially trained salaried drivers and a priority access application.
In 2021, the long-running project HysetCo acquired the cab operator Slota and began gradually replacing its 600-vehicle diesel fleet with the Toyota Mirai. For filling stations, Hype relies on Air Liquide hydrogen stations.
stellantis.com (in French)