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Paris taxi fleet to deploy extra Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars

Paris-based electric taxi start-up Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) is to deploy 60 additional Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars with plans to increase its fleet further still in the next five years.

Blue taxi in front of Eiffel Tower

The ix35 Fuel Cells deployed by STEP are partially funded by the Hydrogen Mobility Europe Project

Under a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Motor, STEP will add the additional vehicles to replace petrol and diesel-powered cars.

The firm currently runs five ix35 Fuel Cell cars, which were delivered in December 2015 and are said to comprise the world’s largest fuel cell taxi fleet “hype” (Hydrogen Powered Electric). It currently plans to increase this up to several hundred vehicles within five years.

Compared to a diesel-powered taxi with CO2 emissions of 135g/km and an annual mileage of 100,000km, the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will save more than 800 tonnes of CO2 per year in exhaust emissions.

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

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.