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World’s largest hydrogen FCEV police fleet rolls out

The Metropolitan Police Service has deployed the first of a fleet of 11 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, marking its first zero-emission response vehicles.

The Met drives for a cleaner London with 11 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell electric vehicles

The Met drives for a cleaner London with 11 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell electric vehicles

The cars will be put to use for both overt and covert responses, as well as general purposes, and offer a range of around 300 miles. They will have access to five hydrogen filling stations across the capital

The vehicles are being funded with the help of grants from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU: a public-private partnership between the European Commission, European industry and research organisations to accelerate the development and deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

The vehicles build on the Met’s work since late 2015 to hybridise and electrify its fleet, following successful trials of the BMW i3 Rex. The police force is planning to procure 550 zero or ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020.

The news comes a month after attendees at a Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) meeting were told that hydrogen vehicles could buck the trend when it comes to depreciation.

Mark Roden, director of operations for Toyota GB, commented: “This is proof that organisations are seeing the future of hydrogen power for zero emission fleets.”

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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.