London Becomes First Mirai UK Fleet Customer
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has announced the Toyota Mirai, the hydrogen fuel cell sedan, is coming to London, England, as part of his work to pioneer the use of cleaner technology for the future of the British capital’s transport and infrastructure.
London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) visited Toyota HQ where he test drove a Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan. Photo: Toyota
Transport for London, which is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city’s public transportation network, is in the first group of UK Mirai customers, together with private car service Greentomatocars, and hydrogen energy system manufacturer ITM Power.
The mayor visited Toyota’s headquarters t during a three-day trade mission to Japan and took the opportunity to test drive Mirai.
“It is fantastic that London will benefit from these new state-of-the-art hydrogen vehicles. By embracing this technology of the future, we aim to consolidate hydrogen’s role as a practical alternative fuel for the 21st century and beyond. I am sure that Transport for London will provide the ideal environment for us to see everything Mirai can do and, in doing so, take another great step towards improving air quality in our city and protecting the health of Londoners.”
United Kingdom has been chosen to be one of the three European “first wave” countries along with Germany and Denmark to start selling the fuel cell sedan as of this month. Belgium has been announced to join the three countries in the first half of 2016 as the hydrogen infrastructure develops, according to Toyota.