Madrid-based Cabify joins Toyota to bring hydrogen powered ride-hailing vehicles to Spain

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Cabify, a Madrid-based ride-sharing company, announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Japanese automaker Toyota to present the first fleet of hydrogen powered VTC (ride-hailing) vehicles in Spain. . 

Toyota has already delivered four Toyota Mirai, the company’s fuel cell vehicle, to Cabify Group subsidiary Vecttor for use as vehicles for hire (VTC).

Miguel Carsi, President and CEO of Toyota Spain, says, “The relevance of having the technology ready to provide Cabify with the first hydrogen-powered VTC fleet in Spain. Toyota is ready to continue progressing towards zero-emission mobility, where hydrogen plays an important role as an energy vector.”

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Cabify says it is the first VTC (ride-hailing) fleet to use hydrogen as an energy source in Spain, taking a significant step towards zero-emission mobility.

Daniel Bedoya, Regional Manager of Cabify in Spain, says “This alliance with Toyota is another step forward in our commitment to accelerate sustainable mobility, by innovating and supporting alternatives that make life easier for people and companies and make our cities better places to live. Being accompanied by companies such as Toyota and Enagás is a guarantee that the journey will be a success”.

The Toyota Mirai Fleet, which will operate at Vecttor, uses hydrogen as an energy source to generate, within the fuel cell, the electricity needed to power the electric motor. It generates water as the only waste in the whole process. 

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According to Cabify, refuelling takes 3-5 minutes, similar to a conventional combustion vehicle, and offers a range of around 550 km. Refuelling can be done at a private hydrogen station that Enagás subsidiary Scale Gas has at Avenida de Manoteras 34 in Madrid. 

Arturo Gonzalo, CEO of Enagás, says, “This agreement is in line with the plan outlined in the Hydrogen Roadmap of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. It’s an example of the collaboration between companies and represents a milestone in sustainable mobility and a further step in Enagás’ commitment to the decarbonisation of transport”. He also recalled that in 2021 “we launched, through Scale Gas and together with our partners, the first hydrogen refuelling station in Spain for long-range electric fuel cell vehicles, which will supply this fleet of Cabify vehicles and with which we continue to contribute to the integration of alternative fuels”.

The Toyota Mirai will be available within the Cabify Eco category, designed for corporate mobility customers where they are included only in electrified vehicles (hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric). 

It will also be available in the other categories for private users, such as Cabify, “Cuanto Antes” or Kids.

Cabify: What you need to know

Based out of Madrid, Cabify is a ride-sharing company that focuses on providing individual and corporate transportation options. The company has over 42M registered users and 1,200,000 collaborating drivers, including taxi drivers. 

Apart from Madrid, the company is operational in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

The Spanish company maintains that 100 per cent of trips on its platform should be in decarbonised or electric fleets by 2025 in Spain and 2030 in Latin America.

Enagas: What you need to know

Enagás is a European operator of gas transmission systems with 50 years of experience in the development, operation, and maintenance of energy infrastructures.

Scale Gas is a subsidiary of Enagás Emprende, Enagás Corporate Venturing for the investment and acceleration of startups and innovative technologies in the field of the energy transition.

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