Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota and Lexus in the UAE, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, has proposed to conduct a new study in the field of sustainable mobility for the feasibility of establishing a hydrogen (H2)-based society in the UAE.

As part of the study, a pilot plan will be put in place to test Toyota’s zero-emission Fuel Cell technology through a number of H2 powered Fuel Cell Toyota Mirai vehicles, in order to check their viability in the UAE.

Al-Futtaim Motors also made another major announcement about the signing of a partnership with Air Liquide who will support Al-Futtaim Motors and Toyota Motor Corporation in their assessment of H2 as a clean energy solution for the UAE

The announcement was made at the 2nd International Conference on Future Mobility where Len Hunt, President Automotive Group at Al-Futtaim, said, “This is a significant step forward in our journey towards contributing to the possible development of a H2 society, in which everything from vehicles to work and living places are powered by the zero-emission H2. More importantly for the UAE, using H2 as a primary source of fuel considerably expedites achieving the sustainability targets set by the UAE Government, and helps the country significantly reduce its CO2 footprint in the coming decades.”

“The UAE is an exemplary country to pioneer new green technologies such as the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, particularly given the environmental goals set by the Government, such as the ones set by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, aiming at making Dubai a global centre of clean energy and green economy,” explained Hunt.

Also speaking at the conference, François Darchis, Senior-Vice President, member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee, supervising Innovation, said, “The new pilot allows us to further demonstrate the benefits of H2-powered vehicles and equipment and the impact they can have on creating a more sustainable society, allowing all parties to contribute in meeting energy and environmental targets.”