On November 10th, Hyundai opened a public hydrogen fuel station at its European headquarters in Germany. With it came an agreement with the Paris based electric taxi startup STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien) to provide 60 ix35 Fuel Cell cars. An initial delivery of 5 cars in December 2015 made STEP the largest fuel cell taxi fleet. However this fleet is planned to increase to several hundred over the next five years.
COO of Hyundai Motor Europe said “With the memorandum of today, STEP and Hyundai Motor have committed to bring 60 additional ix35 Fuel Cell taxis to the streets of Paris. Not only will the fuel cell taxis provide a clean transportation solution for the city, they are also a practical, comfortable and reliable choice for drivers and passengers.”
The new vehicles when added to the fleet will not be adding to the over 17,000 taxis already operating in Paris. Instead they will be replacing petrol and diesel cars. When compared with a diesel powered taxi, the ix35 will save on average over 800 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Hydrogen cars can reduce greenhouse emissions by 20% when compared over equal distances to a petrol powered car. The only emissions from a hydrogen cars is water.
The ix35 is the world's first commercially produced fuel cell electric vehicle. More than 300 ix35 cars are currently on the road in Europe. The motor in the 1x35 generates 100 KW and has a maximum torque of 300 Nm. The ix35 has a range of 370 miles or 594 kilometers per tank.