Madrid taxi association, Federación Profesional del Taxi de Madrid (FPTM), wants to replace 1,000 of its current internal combustion engine fleet of taxis with hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2026 in the Spanish city.
According to H2-View, the plans are part of the pioneering €100m ‘Taxi-as-a-service’ project, which will see FPTM work in partnership with Madrileña Red de Gas, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), Toyota Spain, Grupo Ruiz and PwC, and aims to offer taxi fleets hydrogen vehicles that are cost competitive with traditional technologies.
FRV will be responsible for developing the entire infrastructure for renewable production and recharging, as well as supplying hydrogen to the taxi fleet; Toyota Spain will supply its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).
FPTM said is planning to introduce the first Toyota Mirais by 2022.
A 10MW electrolyser is expected to be built in Madrid, powered by a 20MW photovoltaic solar plant, to supply the green hydrogen for the taxis. FPTM said this could be increased in line with demand.