13.3.2018Met Police adds Toyota Mirai to its fleet
The Metropolitan Police has taken delivery of the first of 11 new Toyota Mirai's, set to enter service as part of its fleet in a variety of roles.
By the end of the roll-out, the Met will have the largest fleet of zero tailpipe-emission hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) police vehicles in the world. The Mirai has been picked as part of plans to add a large number of zero- and ultra-low emission vehicles to the Met's fleet in the next couple of years.
With an official range of around 300 miles on a single tank, the Met Police Toyota Mirai's will be able to refuel at any of the five existing hydrogen refuelling stations currently within London - though that number is set to increase in the near future.
Financial support from the FCHJU - Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking - has seen the Met able to order 11 Mirai's, which will be put into service as both marked and unmarked vehicles for overt and covert response, as well as general use.
Met Commander Neil Jerome said: "We are delighted to have taken delivery of 11 of these cars to support policing in London. They are our first entirely zero emission response vehicles and this is an exciting development for us.
"The Met is committed, alongside the Mayor, to making the service as environmentally friendly as possible and a big part of that work is ensuring our fleet is green. Since late 2015 we have been actively looking at ways to hybridise and electrify our fleet as well as exploring other new technologies such as hydrogen.
"This is enabling us to make great strides towards our ambition of procuring 550 vehicles as zero or ultra-low emission by 2020."
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy said: "It is fantastic to see the Met's first ever zero-emission vehicles take to the streets of London. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have an important role to play in helping lower harmful emissions and improve air quality on our roads and the Mayor’s Hydrogen London partnership is working to develop the use of this technology in the capital.
The Mayor is determined to take the bold action needed to protect Londoners from our toxic air and this move highlights how the capital's emergency services are leading by example and supporting his work towards becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050."
Mark Roden, Director of Operations for Toyota GB said: "We are delighted that the Met Police has added Mirai vehicles to its fleet. The distinctive livery of the Met's marked cars means even more public visibility for hydrogen powered cars in and around London. This is proof that organisations are seeing the future of hydrogen power for zero emission fleets."