ZEFER and H2ME deliver 100 hydrogen taxis to Copenhagen
Hype aims to deploy its platform in 15 new cities by 2024 and believes the taxi market can play a crucial role in accelerating the adoption of hydrogen at scale.
The ZEFER (Zero Emission taxi Fleets for European Rollout) and H2ME2 (Hydrogen Mobility Europe) projects have deployed 100 hydrogen taxis in Copenhagen with app-based taxi company DRIVR.
The Toyota Mirai runs on green hydrogen from renewable energy following the installation and opening of a new hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in the city. Europe’s Clean Hydrogen Partnership funds H2ME2 and ZEFER both.
This latest deployment of taxis means the wider ZEFER project has achieved its full complement of 180 FCEVs in high-utilisation, captive fleets across Europe with deployments in three capital cities (Paris, London and Copenhagen).
The taxi deployment in Copenhagen will complement 60 taxis previously deployed to Hype by STEP in Paris and 60 other passenger cars in London deployed between private-hire firm Green Tomato Cars (50) and the Metropolitan Police (10).
The 120 vehicles operated under the ZEFER project have driven over 7 million km fuelled only by hydrogen, which is achieved as the project deliberately targets the very long daily mileage applications that are most suitable for hydrogen vehicles.
They have achieved this without major safety or reliability incidents, and vehicle performance has been rated highly by drivers and fleet managers, with limited breakdowns or issues encountered relating directly to the hydrogen drivetrain.
The Danish government have targeted all taxis to be zero-emission by 2030, and DRIVR won the public tender to deliver ad-hoc taxi services in the City of Copenhagen. The 100 new hydrogen taxis will complement DRIVR’s existing low emission fleet, already comprising hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles.