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Toyota Mirai supports Haskel work on hydrogen refuelling station for small fleets

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Haskel Hydrogen Systems has added a Toyota Mirai saloon to its fleet in line with its work to build a global refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

(L-R): Jon Hunt, Toyota GB manager, alternative fuels, handing over a Mirai to Darran Heath, Haskel global general manager – Hydrogen Systems

The business, based in Sunderland, already has a fully operational hydrogen refuelling station and will soon be launching a more compact, plug-and-play hydrogen refuelling station aimed at small fleet customers, demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to driving H2 adoption.

Haskel’s Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) has been acquired with support from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and will help Haskel reduce its environmental footprint, while raising the visibility of FCEVs,

Darran Heath, Haskel’s global general manager, Hydrogen Systems, said: “We’re really excited about having the Mirai on our fleet. We’ll be using the car to support the demonstration and development of our hydrogen refuelling systems, as well as provide emission-free business travel for the company.”

It’s the latest Mirai to join UK fleets; other operators running the 300-mile range hydrogen fuel cell cars include private hire operators – such as the Mirais at Green Tomato Cars – plus museums and universities, police forces, public bodies and private companies.

Work also continues elsewhere to support the development of hydrogen in the UK – which alongside battery electric vehicles could help the Government meet phase-out targets for petrol and diesel cars. Earlier this year, the new Hydrogen Taskforce called for collaboration on the refuelling network, urging industry and government to come together on a number of actions over the current parliament to enable hydrogen to scale and be deployed on a commercial basis moving forward.

BMW has also given the first insights into the powertrain system for the i Hydrogen Next concept, which provides a toe in the water for the carmaker ahead of plans to introduce a production car powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology in the second half of the decade.

Renault also announced late last year that it’s planning to introduce hydrogen range-extender versions of its Kangoo and Master vans, bringing around three times more range than the current electric versions.

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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.