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New fleet of fuel cell taxis hit Paris

Monday 14 November 2016, By Autovolo

New fleet of fuel cell taxis hit Paris

New fleet of fuel cell taxis hit Paris

Hyundai has delivered 60 ix35 Fuel Cell taxis to the streets of Paris, after it signed a memorandum of understanding with an electric taxi start-up. 

Known as Societe du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP), the start-up signed the agreement at the opening of a public hydrogen fuel station at Hyundai Motor’s European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany. 

These cars add to what is already the world’s largest fuel cell taxi fleet. Operating in Paris, it consists of five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars that were delivered in 2015. The group plans to increase this number to several hundred within five years.

Thomas A Schmid, chief operating officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “With the memorandum today, STEP and Hyundai Motor have committed to bring 60 additional ix35 Fuel Cell taxis to the streets of Paris.

“Not only will the fuel cell taxis provide a clean transportation solution for the city, they are also a practical, comfortable and reliable choice for drivers and passengers.”

The 60 new cars will replace existing vehicles, rather than adding to the 17,000 taxis that currently operate in Paris.

The South Korean manufacturer claims that when compared to a conventionally-fuelled car that produces 135 grams of CO2 per kilometre and has an annual mileage of 100,000 kilometres, the new ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles are set to save more than 800 tonnes of C02 in annual exhaust emissions.