Kouros Group Invests in Hype Hydrogen Taxis

By July 12, 2019 4   min read  (648 words)

July 12, 2019 |

Kouros Hype
  • The aim is to support Hype in its development and reach a fleet of 600 zero-emission taxis in Ile-de-France at the end of 2020

The industrial investment company in clean energy Kouros engages in carbon-free mobility through a stake in the two companies related to the Hype project: STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien).The first company in the world exclusively using taxis hydrogen, under the Hype brand, alongside Air Liquide and the Bank of the Territories; and HysetCo, the first asset company dedicated to the development of hydrogen mobility in the Paris region, in which Kouros will have the same stake as STEP, Air Liquide, IDEX and Toyota.

Kouros works to promote 100% green mobility

A major player in the fight against climate change, Kouros is investing in the Hype project, a pioneering project in a city of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, to support the development of innovative solutions in the field of energy transition and mobility. green. The development of zero-emission ecosystems in cities is a major concern for Kouros, which develops carbon-free energy and circular economy projects.

“Kouros is proud to join the Hype project through its investments in STEP and HysetCo,”says Florent Bergeret, Investment Director at Kouros France“Hype is an emblematic project because it shows that zero emission mobility is now possible for taxis and VTCs. Already the world’s first fleet of hydrogen taxis, Hype is already contributing to improving the air quality of Parisians, and we want to see emerge a platform zero emissions accessible to all taxis and VTC Île-de-France. “

“I am very pleased to welcome Kouros, our new partner, to the partners of STEP and HysetCo,” says STEP founder Mathieu Gardies“The support of Kouros, whose reactivity and entrepreneurial approach I already appreciated, will be decisive in supporting our strategy of rapid and massive deployment of a hydrogen mobility solution that will effectively combat the pollution of the environment. air in cities like Paris. “

Objective 600 Hype taxis in Paris and Ile-de-France at the end of 2020

This investment is an important step in the emergence of a hydrogen mobility ecosystem in France and the development of Hype, the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen taxi fleet launched in 2015 as part of COP21.

One hundred Hype taxis are already in service in Paris and in the Île-de-France region, the cap of 600 taxis having been announced for the end of 2020.

The ambition of Hype is to promote the transition of the taxi and VTC sector to zero. emission, with the objective of “zero-emission for taxis and VTC for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024” .

About Kouros

A major player in the fight against climate change, the Kouros Group is investing in the decarbonisation of transport and energy production. Kouros’ Scale-up program supports start-ups and SME-SMIs in the industrialization sector through dialogue between company directors and Kouros experts. Together, they define the most effective strategy for launching or accelerating the development of companies, leading to the acquisition of the Group’s stake in these companies or the signing of commercial or industrial partnerships.
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About Hype / STEP

Hype, the first fleet of hydrogen taxis, was launched in Paris in December 2015 by the Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien
(STEP), in partnership with the Air Liquide Group, joined in 2017 by Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. In the face of the public health emergency of urban air pollution, Hype’s ambition is to organize, in the short term, the massive transition from transport to demand to zero emissions, in Paris and then in France. other metropolises; For this, Hype is setting an example with its own fleet (600 vehicles at the end of 2020 in Paris), and is putting in place with its partners the conditions that will allow other operators to take the step towards zero emission, before the Olympics. 2024 in the case of Paris.
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