London-based taxi service Green Tomato Cars has added a further 50 hydrogen (H2) fuel cell cars to its fleet.
The company was the first private hire company in Europe to take on H2 cars and has run two Toyota Mirai cars on its fleet since 2015.
The 50 new Toyota Mirai’s are being supplied with support from the UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles Hydrogen for Transport programme and the Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out programme, funded throughout Europe by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
Jonny Goldstone, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Green Tomato Cars, enthused, “We’re very proud to have pioneered H2-powered transport in London and are delighted with the performance of our two original Toyota Mirai. This is a unique project where investors in H2 technology, manufacturers of H2 cars and Green Tomato Cars as the end users, have come together with a commitment to make H2 transport work for the good of people and the environment.”
Paul Van der Burgh, President and Managing Director of Toyota GB added, “We’re delighted that Green Tomato Cars has been happy with its Toyota Mirai cars and that it is taking 50 more. It’s clear that confidence in H2-powered transport is growing among end users, which is another step in the path towards a H2 society.”
Improvements in H2 infrastructure have increased the viability of hydrogen powered transport in the UK. Over the last year, several new H2 fuelling stations have opened across the UK. There are a total of six stations in and around the M25 and more are expected to be operational by the end of the year.