Hot on the heels of the recent implementation of Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs as taxis, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has launched a new pilot program for hydrogen fuel cell taxis. The taxis are based on a specially modified Toyota Mirai. Meanwhile, the program is part of the RTA’s ongoing efforts to continue exploring options for reducing the Emirate’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The new hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai taxis can travel up to 500 kilometers on a single “tank”. And, like conventional cars, they be fully refueled/recharged in just a few minutes. Notably faster, in other words, than current all-electric vehicles can be. Even with Superchargers!
Dubai Experiments with Hydrogen Taxis
It’s all part of a much larger experiment by the government of Dubai to turn the region into something of a clean energy world leader. At least, that’s how the Road and Transit Authority is playing it on Twitter and in the news.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) December 23, 2017
“RTA attaches paramount importance to protecting the environment and saving power consumption.. This experiment is a part of a low carbon strategy aimed at making Dubai a role model in efficient power consumption and low carbon emission,” stated Mattar Al Tayer, the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA. “The hydrogen-powered car, Toyota Mirai, will be on a trial run as the RTA continues to look for alternate fuel options as part of its sustainable transport strategy.” Al Tayer added that the initiative will help the RTA achieve its emissions target. That being a reduction of the carbon emissions of Dubai’s taxis by 2%.
What do you guys think? Is this push for a hydrogen fleet in Dubai just a push for good PR. Is it a genuine experiment to pit the technology against the Teslas? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Source | Images: RTA of Dubai, via EV Obsession.