The keys of the first Toyota Mirai to be delivered in France were handed over at the Air Liquide hydrogen charging station in Paris, Cours Albert Ier, in the Pont de l’Alma parking lot.
Officially launched in Japan in December of 2014 and then introduced in the US in the fall of 2015, the Toyota Mirai has been available in limited quantities across Europe since late 2015. In France, few units will be delivered in 2016 to partners working on the deployment of hydrogen.
Used with a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity, with water as the only byproduct. Hydrogen is an alternative to fossil fuels in addressing the challenge posed by clean transportation and also helps to improve air quality. The station rolled out in Paris in 2015, like the 75 stations designed and delivered by Air Liquide around the world, allow hydrogen-powered electric vehicles to recharge in less than five minutes, and give them a driving range of around 500 kilometers (310 miles). This technology thus offers driving range and charging speed that are unequaled in the world of electric mobility.
Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular.