By 2020, Hyundai hopes to have several hundred fuel-cell taxis on the road in Paris.
Hyundai continues its push for fuel-cell technology – this time in the City of Light. Fresh off the reveal of the U.S.-spec, 124-mile Ioniq sedan, the company has announced that it will be delivering a fleet of over 60 fuel-cell vehicles to Paris for use in taxi service.
Together with taxi start-up STEP (Societe du Taxi Electrique Parisien), Hyundai will introduce the ix35 fuel-cell vehicle to roads beginning as early as next year, with deliveries expected to begin in December. The 60 vehicles, when in operation, will make up the largest single fuel-cell taxi fleet in the world, and is planned to increase up to several hundred vehicles within the next five years.
“With the memorandum of today, STEP and Hyundai Motor have committed to bring 60 additional ix35 Fuel Cell taxis to the streets of Paris,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “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 60 new fuel-cell vehicles will add to the 17,000 taxis already on roads in Paris and surrounding areas. The ix35 fuel cell is expected to save more than 800 tons of C02 per year in exhaust emissions, replacing gas and diesel-powered vehicles, and returning an impressive 136 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and up to 369 miles (594 kilometers) of range on a single tank.
For Hyundai, the addition of the ix35 to the Parisian taxi fleet is only the first step. By 2020, the company hopes to have as many as 28 alternative-fuel models on the road: 10 hybrids, 8 plug-in hybrids, 8 full-electric cars, and 2 fuel-cell cars.