The number of hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai taxis in London has grown by 50 as Green Tomato Cars increase their Mirai offerings to one of the biggest in the world.
Everything in the car world at the moment is about electric cars – and more specifically Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) – but there are also more and more hydrogen-powered electric cars hitting the roads all the time, and London is getting its fair share.
Last year we reported that Green Tomato Cars – which run a ‘Green’ taxi fleet in London – had been running the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai for a trouble-free 50,000 miles, and in March we revealed that the Met Police were taking a Mirai on to their fleet too.
The ‘commercial’ uptake on the Mira is down to a number of factors, including support from the OLEV and the fact that swift refuelling and a growing number of hydrogen fuelling stations in London mean the Mirais spend very little down time refuelling, and the 300 mile range on a tank of hydrogen is comfortably more than these workhorses would do in a normal day.
Now Green Tomato Cars has gone full tilt in to the Mirai, with 50 new Mirais joining their fleet in London, and they roped in Transport Secretary Chris Grayling for a trip to the Tate Modern this morning to mark the launch of their new fleet of Mirais. Green Tomato Cars boss Jonny Goldstone said:
This is a unique project where investors in hydrogen technology, manufacturers of hydrogen cars and Green Tomato Cars as the end users, have come together with a commitment to make hydrogen transport work for the good of the people and the environment.
We’d like to thank OLEV, the FCH JU and Toyota for their support in helping us acquire such a significant number of these innovative cars.