The company founded by Mathieu Gardies wants to extend its fleet of hydrogen taxis to around 15 cities in France and Europe by the end of 2024. Lyon could be one of them.
At least that’s what the website ‘Vivre Villes’ says in its edition covering the city of Lyon. The article is not relying on precise facts or statements, but notes that Hype has signed an agreement with two partners from the ‘Auvergne Rhône-Alpes’ (AURA) region, McPhy and HRS. It should be noted, however, that these companies will mainly help the taxi company to expand its network of stations in the Ile-de-France region, which will increase to 26 by 2024 in anticipation of the Paris Olympics Games.
The fact is that Lyon has good reasons to welcome H2 taxis. The former capital of the Gauls is home to the headquarters of the French AURA region, whose President Laurent Wauquiez is a fervent promoter of hydrogen as part of the Zero-Emission Valley project. He has also decided to retrofit diesel buses to convert them to hydrogen. In addition, a hydrogen bus runs in the city, under the colours of SYTRAL. It should also be remembered that Lyon has a multi-energy renewable station at the Quai des Energies, operated by the company GNVERT and the ‘Compagnie Nationale du Rhône.’
There are currently a thousand taxis and 200 vehicles for hire in the city.
Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King