Cabonline, Everfuel and Toyota to develop hydrogen-powered taxis in Norway
Long-term partnerships can expedite scaling green hydrogen as the clean fuel of choice for transport.
Everfuel a/s and Cabonline have agreed to develop a green hydrogen-powered taxi market for zero-emission mobility, H2 Bulletin reports.
Both companies also agreed with Toyota Norge, which will supply around 100 new Toyota Mirai hydrogen taxis to the Oslo region. The new fuel cell vehicles will be initially offered to taxi license holders in Oslo. The scheme will be expanded to other cities in Norway once Everfuel deploys its hydrogen station network.
Cabonline, which is the largest taxi operator in the Nordic region, will offer its taxi license holders the benefit of using hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and offering discounted prices for hydrogen fuel at Everfuel’s stations. Cabonline plans to operate hundreds of hydrogen taxis across the Nordic region in the coming years.
Toyota aims to start the rolling-out of the initial 100 hydrogen-powered taxis in Oslo by the end of 2022. This would be followed by further increasing the number of Mirai taxis together with Everfuel and Cabonline’s Norwegian unit Norgestaxi.
Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO and founder of Everfuel, said, “This cooperation between Cabonline, Toyota and Everfuel is a great example of how connecting the entire hydrogen value chain from safe production, distribution and fuelling with vehicle providers and end-users enables the roll-out of solutions for commercialising green hydrogen fuel and decarbonising transport at scale.”
Espen Olsen, GM PR at Toyota Norway, said, “We have a clear ambition of delivering the first 100 cars to the taxi market in Oslo by the end of 2022 within the framework of this collaboration.”
Dag Kibsgaard-Petersen, CEO of Cabonline Group and MD of Norgestaxi, said, “The City of Oslo wants 20% of a total of approximately 2,500 taxis in Oslo to use hydrogen.”
“We will be able to deliver on that if Enova can contribute by providing the necessary support to the taxi owners who are first to lead the way,” Mr Petersen further added.