Enterprise Rent-A-Car has taken delivery of 17 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric cars for a pilot programme in which the company will examine the potential for the technology.
Existing corporate customers in different parts of the country, Enterprise Car Club members and Enterprise employees will all drive the vehicles.
The Mirai has a driving range of about 300 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel and it can be refuelled at a hydrogen pump in three minutes.
Iain Macbeth, Enterprise European Partnerships and Innovation Strategy Director, said: “Our goal is to use this fleet of hydrogen vehicles to examine the potential for the technology in practical working environments.
“We want to see what role hydrogen vehicles might play in the future advancement of sustainable mobility, to reduce emissions and to help cities, communities and businesses to achieve their air quality goals.
“As a family-owned business, we operate with the next generation in mind.
“This underlines our decision to explore emerging technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, so we can understand the impact they can have in real-world situations and can gather feedback from users.”
Jon Hunt, Toyota GB Manager Alternative Fuels, added: “We’ll be very interested to see the results of Enterprise’s pilot study into the use of hydrogen fuelled Mirai cars for its fleet.
“This is another example of commercial companies exploring the potential of these zero emission cars as we progress towards a hydrogen society.
“Enterprise joins energy companies, aviation, engineering and private hire companies, as well as local authorities, government departments and universities, in adopting hydrogen fuelled transport”