Photo of 2016 Mirai courtesy of Toyota.

Photo of 2016 Mirai courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Motor Corp. is working on a joint research program to explore the potential uses of hydrogen energy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the automaker.

Toyota has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, a city located in the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors for the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society.

The program partners will research on issues involving the establishment of a hydrogen-based society. This includes research toward hydrogen production, logistics, scalability, and business feasibility, according to the automaker.

The research is expected to take place in part at Masdar Institute, an Abu Dhabi-based independent graduate research university.

As part of the program, Toyota will begin driving and refueling demonstration tests of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle in the UAE in May, according to Toyota.