Cabify and Toyota have signed an agreement through which they will put into operation the first fleet in Spain of rental vehicles with driver (VTC) powered by hydrogen. The vehicle used will be the first generation Toyota Mirai.
Toyota Spain has already delivered four units of the first generation Toyota Mirai that will make up the Cabify fleet in Madrid, a fleet that can be expanded with more units at the end of the year.
It is the first time that fuel cell technology (hydrogen) has been incorporated as a zero-emission alternative in a VTC fleet in Spain. In countries like Denmark, fleets of hydrogen electric vehicles have been deployed before, although they are not as common as battery electric vehicles.
The hydrogen Toyota Mirai will be available within the Cabify Eco category, designed for corporate clients who want to travel only in electrified vehicles (hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric). They will also be available in the rest of the categories for private users, such as Cabify, As soon as possible or Kids. However, as with all other vehicles, you cannot specifically choose to have a Hydrogen Mirai come pick you up.
The Toyota Mirai fleet, which will operate on Vecttor, uses hydrogen as an energy source to generate the necessary electricity that powers the electric motor. In the fuel cell, the hydrogen (stored in the tanks) is reacted with oxygen, resulting in electricity, water and heat. The only emissions from the tailpipe are water molecules.
The refueling will take place at the private hydrogen plant that the Enagás subsidiary, Scale Gas, has at Avenida de Manoteras 34 in Madrid. It was inaugurated in January 2021 and is the first refueling station in Spain that allows hydrogen to be recharged at 700 bar pressure. The refueling time is between 3 and 5 minutes, similar to that of a conventional combustion vehicle, and it homologates a range of 550 kilometers in the NEDC cycle.
Performance of the first generation Toyota Mirai
The vehicle used corresponds to the first generation of the Toyota Mirai, presented in 2015. In 2020 Toyota presented the second generation, with a much more stylized, more modern design, with better features and more autonomy.
It is an electric vehicle that obtains electricity thanks to the fuel cell, which is located under the front seats. The electricity obtained feeds a electric motor with 154 hp power, which drives the front wheels. The first generation Mirai has two hydrogen tanks that can store about 5 kilos of hydrogen at 700 bar, allowing a range of 550 kilometers (NEDC cycle). It is approved for 4 seats due to the space stolen by the hydrogen tanks, something that also affects the trunk, which has a capacity of 361 litres.