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The Metropolitan Police Service is partnering with Toyota Mirai to create ‘the world’s largest fleet of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric police vehicles’.
The first of 11 cars have been delivered to the Met; they’re equipped to work as both marked and unmarked vehicles for overt and covert response, as well as general purpose use.
‘We are delighted that the Met Police has added Mirai vehicles to its fleet. The distinctive livery of the Met’s marked cars means even more public visibility for hydrogen powered cars in and around London. This is proof that organisations are seeing the future of hydrogen power for zero emission fleets.’
Director of Operations for Toyota GB
Clearing the air
The only tailpipe emission the fleet will produce is water – a by-product of the fuel cell process that turns hydrogen into electricity to power the vehicle. Their zero-emission performance will help the Met in its efforts to support the Mayor of London’s clean air strategy.
The Mirai will have access to five hydrogen filling stations across the capital – a number that’s set to increase in the months and years ahead. On a tank of fuel, each car will be able to cover approximately 300 miles.
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, said the decision shows how the capital’s emergency services are ‘leading by example’ and supporting the Mayor’s goal for London to become a zero-carbon city by 2050.
‘The Met is committed, alongside the Mayor, to making the service as environmentally friendly as possible and a big part of that work is ensuring our fleet is green. Since late 2015 we have been actively looking at ways to hybridise and electrify our fleet as well as exploring other new technologies such as hydrogen. This is enabling us to make great strides towards our ambition of procuring 550 vehicles as zero or ultra-low emission by 2020.’