Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are making modest gains across Europe as the alternative to more popular low-emission vehicle choices.
In the latest agreement, Hyundai will supply 60 ix35 fuel cell cars to the Paris-based electric taxi start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien).
The fleet currently operates in Paris with five ix35 fuel cell cars that Hyundai delivered in December 2015.
The additional vehicles will save an estimated 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year in exhaust emissions compared to diesel-powered taxis operated over 100,000km.
The fleet is planned to increase up to several hundred vehicles within five years.
Europcar in the UK is also adding fuel cell vehicles to the fleet of its newly-acquired Brunel chauffeur business.
The Toyota Mirai will be used as a support vehicle and for customer hires.
Gary Smith, managing director, Europcar UK, said: ‘We have a clear objective to create a zero emissions fleet.’
Funding has been made available from a £35 million (€39 million) government grant package which is designed to boost uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles.
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