A trial run has been launched of the first electric hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle, Toyota Mirai, in the Dubai taxi fleet, in collaboration with Al Futtaim Motors.
The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has zero emissions, only water emissions. It is noiseless and can travel 500km on a full tank, and refilling it takes not more than five minutes.
The trial was launched by Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The emission-free Toyota Mirai is powered by hydrogen, which generates electricity inside the engine after being mixed with oxygen supplied through the grill intake at the front of the vehicle.
Al Tayer said he was delighted for the Dubai Taxi Corporation to become the first taxi operator in the Middle East to deploy a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle in its fleet.
“RTA will start a trial run of the vehicle as part of its limousine service in the Dubai International Airport to assess the economic feasibility and environmental benefits of its operation besides verifying the efficiency of the engine, maintenance cost and other parameters,” he added.
The RTA plans to raise the number of hybrid taxis in Dubai from 791 cabs in 2016 to 4,750 cabs in 2021.
Saud Abbasi, managing director of Toyota at Al-Futtaim Motors, said plans are also being discussed to establish a series of hydrogen refilling stations after opening the first one in the UAE at Dubai Festival City in October.
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