Toyota and DRIVR put 100 hydrogen taxi on the roads in Copenhagen
The green transition of taxi driving is in full swing. The government’s goal is that no new taxis emit CO2 or air pollution from 2025 and by 2030 at the latest, all driving taxis must be zero-emission cars. On Friday 5 November, Toyota and the taxi service DRIVR will put more than 100 hydrogen taxis on the roads in Copenhagen, thus supporting the political goals for a greener taxi industry.
Monday, November 8, 2021
When getting into a new taxi in 2025, it should emit neither CO2 nor any kind of air pollution. This is the government’s goal for the taxi industry, which must take the lead in the green transition, just like public bus traffic, according to a majority of politicians at Christiansborg.
The app-based taxi service, DRIVR, is one of the taxi companies that is at the forefront of the green transition, and as a customer you have thus long been able to choose between hybrid cars , electric cars and hydrogen cars . But now DRIVR is significantly upgrading the number of running hydrogen taxis in the fleet and has here in early November in collaboration with Toyota put over 100 hydrogen taxis on the roads in Copenhagen.
It has just been marked at Ofelia Plads in the center of Copenhagen, where Toyota officially handed over the new hydrogen taxis to DRIVR. The cars are all of the model Toyota Mirai, which is the world’s first dedicated hydrogen car, and whose only discharge while driving is water, which is so clean that one can drink it.
At the industry organization Brintbranchen, director Tejs Laustsen Jensen more than welcomes the many pollution-free hydrogen taxis and expresses his satisfaction that the green transition in the taxi industry is taking shape in earnest.
“There is no doubt that the taxi industry is a crucial driver in the green transition. They are in constant operation and travel very many kilometers, especially in the big cities every single day. The shift from black diesel to green hydrogen ensures the same operation and flexible mobility, just without harmful emissions, “says director Tejs Laustsen Jensen from the hydrogen industry.
He also highlights the positive consequences for the infrastructure, which the many hydrogen taxis also bring with them.
“The many new taxis are helping to create the necessary reduction of hydrogen at the petrol stations, which is crucial for the infrastructure to be expanded. And then the taxis are rolling showcases for green hydrogen technology, which is an area where the strong, Danish value chain of subcontractors are among the best in the world, “points out Tejs Laustsen Jensen.
Following one of Denmark’s largest public tenders for taxi services, the City of Copenhagen has just chosen DRIVR to be responsible for the entire municipality’s so-called adhoc taxi service. Thus, i.a. children with disabilities, mentally challenged citizens, citizens on their way to the hospital, municipal employees in service and politicians will in future be transported completely emission-free in hydrogen cars when driving by taxi.
“We are incredibly proud that DRIVR has been entrusted with the important task of helping the municipality run Copenhagen greener, and we are very grateful for the collaboration with Toyota, which has made it possible for us to take on the task with the many new Mirai hydrogen cars. , “says DRIVR’s CEO, Haydar Shaiwandi.
Toyota, which has delivered the more than 100 hydrogen cars to DRIVR, generally reports a growing interest in hydrogen cars in the taxi industry and welcomes DRIVR’s far-sighted approach to mobility.
“We are pleased to have delivered the first over 100 hydrogen taxis to DRIVR and are ready to deliver even more in the future. In this way, we support their mission to be the greenest taxi company in Denmark,” says CEO Alar Metsson at Toyota Denmark and elaborates:
“The only discharge from Miraithe hydrogen car while driving is clean water. At the same time, it also cleans the air around it and removes both nitrogen filters and very small particles, which means that the more the hydrogen cars drive in Copenhagen, the more they clean the air. That is one of the reasons why hydrogen also plays an important role in the green transition, “explains Alar Metsson.
DRIVR’s over 100 hydrogen taxis have been put on the streets as part of the European projects for hydrogen for transport, Hydrogen Mobility Europe 2 (H2ME2 ) and Zero Emission Fleet vehicles For European Rollout (ZEFER), which are supported by The Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), and in which both the City of Copenhagen, Toyota and the Hydrogen industry are partners. The project aims to spread hydrogen solutions to transport across the EU and has contributed to both wagons and hydrogen filling stations in Denmark.
The H2ME2 and the ZEFER project receive funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 700350 and No 779538. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.