Les Taxis Verts are testing a hydrogen-powered car - Companies

Les Taxis Verts are testing a hydrogen-powered car – Companies

Customers of Taxis Verts, in Brussels, could find themselves in a hydrogen car. The company is testing this type of clean vehicle. In 2025, new taxis in the Brussels region will have to be zero emissions.

For one year, the leading taxi player in Brussels, Taxis Verts, puts a hydrogen-powered car, a Toyota Mirai, into service for one year. This is a test in collaboration with Virya, a Colruyt subsidiary specializing in renewable energies, with a view to deployment. “In 2025, new registered taxis will have to be zero emissions, we are examining all the solutions” says Jean-Michel Courtoy, CEO of Taxis Verts. Specific licenses are provided by the Brussels Region for hydro-powered taxis…

For one year, the leading taxi player in Brussels, Taxis Verts, puts a hydrogen-powered car, a Toyota Mirai, into service for one year. This is a test in collaboration with Virya, a Colruyt subsidiary specializing in renewable energies, with a view to deployment. “In 2025, new registered taxis will have to be zero emissions, we are examining all the solutions” says Jean-Michel Courtoy, CEO of Taxis Verts. Specific licenses are planned by the Brussels Region for hydrogen taxis.Comparison with electric carsTaxis Verts, a subsidiary of the D’Ieteren group since this year, is preparing a plan to develop electric vehicles, which form the most obvious approach today. today to deploy zero-emission vehicles. The supply of electric cars has become important. But Taxis Verts also wants to evaluate hydrogen cars, which have the advantage of refueling as quickly as a fuel car. They have the disadvantage of being generally more expensive than an electric car and there are hardly any hydrogen pumps in Belgium, currently 5. Their sales are still symbolic, a few dozen cars per year, compared to more than 16,000 electric cars in the first half of 2022. The offer is currently limited to two models, from Toyota and Hyundai. This technology could be suitable for the intensive use of a taxi business. “We want to measure, in use, the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)” continues Jean-Michel Courtoy. Note that a hydrogen car is an electric car whose current is produced by a fuel cell powered by hydrogen. hydrogen, stored in carbon fiber tanks. Hydrogen produced with wind turbinesThe hydrogen that will be used will be green, which is still rare. In general, marketed hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels, such as gas. Virya uses electricity from wind turbines to produce hydrogen by electrolysis, which supplies a few DAT24 service stations (Colruyt group). Green hydrogen is presented as a solution to develop a zero carbon economy. It is also a way of storing energy produced by wind turbines during off-peak hours, when the demand for electricity is low. For this test year, the taxi will go to refuel at Dat24 stations, of the Colruyt group , located in Halle or Zaventem. If a deployment is envisaged by Taxis Verts, a station could be installed in Brussels. The vehicle’s autonomy, of the order of 650 km, makes it possible to envisage a full tank every 2 or 3 days.

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