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UCL takes delivery of new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell saloon

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 development.”