Et voila: Anyone taking a taxi in Paris has a good chance of sitting in a fuel-cell vehicle. Already there are 100 bright blue “hype” taxis driving through the French capital in an electric and emission-free manner – with hydrogen from Air Liquide. By 2020 it should be 600 (!) Taxis.
“Hype “, founded in 2015 on the occasion of COP21 in Paris, is the world’s first H2 taxi fleet.
It includes Toyota Mirai and Hyundai ix35 vehicles. The taxis can currently be refueled at four H2 filling stations made by Air Liquide: on the Pont de l’Alma, within sight of the Eiffel Tower, in Les-Loges-en-Josas and at Orly and Charles-de-Gaulle / Roissy airports. And the fueling process takes just three minutes!
‘Reinventing’ the taxi
At the end of February 2019, another milestone for H2 mobility in Paris has been reached: Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have jointly established a joint venture called “HysetCo”, which will develop hydrogen mobility in the metropolitan area Paris should continue to accelerate. 600 vehicles by 2020 is the ambitious target. And that also means of course: more petrol stations in the city area.
Pierre-Étienne Franc, Vice-President of Hydrogen Energy Air Liquide:
“Air Liquide is convinced that hydrogen is one of the key solutions to reducing air pollution in our cities, and to achieve that goal, we need to be mindful of the actions of all stakeholders – our partnership with Hype, Idex and Toyota Expression of this common claim.
There are already 100 hydrogen taxis on the streets of Paris fueling four of our hydrogen stations. The expansion of the fleet to 600 taxis will contribute to the improvement of air quality in our capital by the end of 2020. This great project brings together technology, environmental protection and the New Economy. And all in the service of a ‘reinvention of the taxi’, one of the most important means of transport of our time. “
Source: Air Liquide