Hydrogen fuel cell cabs arrive in London

Intelligent Energy's Fuel Cell Black Cab on Westminster Bridge, passing the Houses of Parliament

Intelligent Energy has announced that the first of their hydrogen fuel cell black cabs have taken to the streets of London. The zero emission cabs have a fuel cell and a battery that allows them to travel up to 250 miles, well within the confines of a conventional taxi.

At a March 22, 2011 event, one of the taxis traveled around London to some of the city’s iconic landmarks. Eventually, the project will deliver a fleet of vehicles by 2012. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “These prototype zero-emission taxis are a shining example of British ingenuity, combining revolutionary fuel cell technology with an iconic design classic. This marks an important milestone in my goal to create a cleaner cab fleet, firstly through introduction of the first ever age limits moving towards zero-emission vehicles as they come to market.”

The fuel cell black cabs were developed by a consortium of companies, led by Intelligent Energy and including Lotus Engineering, London Taxis International, and TRW Conekt, with partial funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board.

3 responses to “Hydrogen fuel cell cabs arrive in London

  1. Do you know if the taxi stands are being modified for these cabs to be able to refuel? Usually, it is the fuel supply that pushes an alternative mode of public transport.
    Maybe, American cities will pick up on this and convert their large fleets of official vehicles to clean fuels.

    • I’m unaware if the taxi stands will be modified but Mayor Johnson has announced plans to increase the number of hydrogen refueling stations throughout London. Changing the existing infrastructure to support alternative fuels is certainly a key challenge in getting zero emission vehicles to market.

  2. Thank you for this article. The Hydrogen fuel cell was invented 172 years ago. We have waited too long to use them in our cars and homes. In my book, Ideas to Save the Planet, I advocate for every home being powered by Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen fuel cells, and that everyone generate their own hydrogen at home. All cars can be converted to burn hydrogen and be cleaning the air everywhere they go and fill up everyday with gas you produce yourself, which is the real energy independence and can lead to a zero emission planet. If we mobilized to live this way, no one would ever have to pay for heat, electricity, or car fuel again or have blackouts. We are also all surrounded with oceans of water and thus unlimited Hydrogen, so don’t need to have wars for Oil either. Therefore I’m so glad that you are telling the world about yet another example of the people finally utilizing hydrogen fuel cells and proving that they are safe. Thanks for choosing to be a Hero for Hydrogen and a Hero for the Planet.

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