A New Kind of Olympic Trial: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Taxis

With the 2012 Olympic Games rapidly approaching, viewers around the world have been riveted to their televisions watching athletes qualify for the Games via the Olympic trials. We at C40 are noting a different kind of trial taking place during the Games – just last week, the HyTEC (Hydrogen Transport for European Cities) project handed London keys to five hydrogen fuel cell electric taxis for use during the Olympic Games. 

This industry-led project brings together the experience and knowledge of 16 companies at the forefront of hydrogen technology and infrastructure in an effort to understand the best methods for rolling out hydrogen transport in European cities.

The five London taxis will provide a zero-emissions mode of transport for visiting dignitaries throughout the Olympic Games. Moreover, a new Air Products fueling station will connect up with the station already supporting London's existing hydrogen bus fleet. 

A member of the C40 Electric Vehicle Network, London has set a goal of having 100,000 electric vehicles on the road as soon as possible. For more information on London’s local efforts, read our earlier coverage here; and to learn more about the HyTEC initiative, check out this article at FuelCellToday.