UCL takes delivery of new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell saloon
University College London (UCL), one of the world’s leading
multi-disciplinary universities, has taken delivery of a Toyota Mirai hydrogen
fuel cell electric car to further its research into advanced powertrain
technologies, and to serve as practical, zero emission transport for staff.
The Toyota has been acquired with support from the Office
for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2 ME) and the Fuel
Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU).
The Mirai, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell saloon, will
complement the university in its studies into how fuel cells can be combined
with new battery technologies. It will also be used by UCL staff to shuttle
across London to and from the university’s base in Bloomsbury and its new
campus, UCL East, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will open in 2021.
Dr Michael Whiteley, head of fuel cell engineering at the
UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab, was the driving force behind acquiring the
Mirai. He said: “Our research into fuel cell technology shows it’s a serious
alternative to fossil fuel cars.
“We’ll be testing the
car on London’s busy roads and using it to demonstrate the technology. The next
stage of our work is to develop and evaluate hybrid, battery and fuel cell
power systems for automotive applications, and having access to a fuel cell car
will greatly enhance our position as a world-leader in fuel cell research and