A fleet of 27 hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai cars operated by Green Tomato Cars in London has driven a milestone one million zero emission miles in and around the capital, saving a massive 206 tonnes of CO2.
The environmentally friendly London-based taxi service was the first private hire company in Europe to take on hydrogen fuel cell cars.
This UK first has been achieved in the 18 months since Green Tomato Cars took on 25 Mirai’s after starting a trial with two cars in 2015.
Building on this success, the company has added a further 25 Mirai’s to its fleet this month, giving it the largest zero emission passenger fleet in the UK.
Jonny Goldstone, founder and CEO of Green Tomato Cars, said, “We’ve been really impressed by the performance of our Mirai fleet and are very proud to have clocked up the magic one million zero emission miles in these unique cars.”
“Our passengers love them because it means they can travel as responsibly as possible, and so do our drivers.”
“Running costs are comparable with a Prius and re-fuelling takes the same time as a conventional petrol car.”
“We’re rolling out the next 25 Mirai’s onto our fleet right now and hopefully there will be still more to come.”
There are currently 137 Toyota Mirai’s on the road in the UK and combined they will soon break the two million mile mark, which will save approximately 412 tonnes of CO2, emitting only harmless pure water.
The total of hydrogen fuelling stations in the UK today is 11, where hydrogen is produced by electrolysis from water, on site. ITM Power, the largest operator of these, will be opening a new station at Gatwick shortly.
Toyota will reveal its next generation Mirai concept at the Tokyo Motor Show from tomorrow (23rd October) to 4th November.
The new Mirai will be introduced towards the end of 2020, benefiting from a dramatic redesign, a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and improvements to its fuel cell system to achieve better dynamic performance and an even greater driving range.