Throwback Thursday: 35 Toyota’s Mirai are the First Dutch Hydrogen-Powered Taxi Fleet

By April 16, 2020 2   min read  (356 words)

April 16, 2020 |

Throwback Thursday Taxi Fleet in the Hague
  • Range and zero-emission drivetrain are ideal for taxi rides

Toyota dealer Louwman The Hague has delivered 35 Toyota’s Mirai to Noot Personengebruik. This means that the municipality of  The Hague has the first hydrogen-powered taxi fleet in the Netherlands. Toyota is pursuing its long-term vision of zero vehicle emissions and is committed to several efficient powertrains. With the commissioning of the taxi fleet, the number of hydrogen cars sold in 2019 will increase by 152 percent.

The first electric sedan with fuel cell

The Municipality of The Hague issued a tender for CO2-neutral transport, which was won by Noot Personengebruik. The 35 Toyota’s Mirai – the world’s first electric fuel cell sedan – are used as WMO transport (Social Support Act). Anyone who cannot use public transport can rely on WMO transport. About 15,000 people use it every year.

Completely emission-free
Thanks to its range and the absence of emissions, the Toyota Mirai is perfectly suited for use as a taxi. Toyota developed its own Fuel Cell Stack that generates electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. This creates the electricity with which the electric motor is driven. That electric motor produces 113 kW / 155 hp and is standardly coupled to an automatic transmission. Only water comes out of the outlet; the Mirai is completely emission-free. Is the fuel cell empty? Then you can easily tank kilos of hydrogen within minutes. The Toyota Mirai is as easy to use as a petrol or diesel car.

Proud of the taxi fleet
Jan-Christiaan Koenders, Managing Director of Toyota importer Louwman & Parqui is proud of the taxi fleet: “Toyota is implementing its powerful long-term vision towards zero emissions. The brand was the first to introduce the self-charging hybrid car and the world’s first fuel cell electric sedan. We are proud that, with the use of 35 Toyota’s Mirai, The Hague is the first Dutch municipality with a taxi fleet running on hydrogen. We commend Note Passenger Transport for their drive to realize WMO transport with our hydrogen technology. This is an important milestone in the energy transition. ”

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