Danish taxi start-up Drivr has confirmed to Hydrogen Insight that it has halted operations for all 100 Toyota Mirai vehicles in its fleet, after its refuelling partner Everfuel shuttered the only five stations in Denmark “until further notice”.

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“We are in dialogue with Everfuel to get hydrogen back in Denmark,” said the taxi company’s CEO, Bo Svane, adding that the firm is also discussing refuelling infrastructure with “several partners”.

The Copenhagen-based taxi firm is currently running its operations solely off its 60 hybrid electric vehicles — but that is a 62.5% reduction in the number of vehicles it can use to transport paying passengers.

It had originally acquired the 100 Toyota Mirais in November 2021, with an undisclosed level of support from the ZEFER (Zero Emission taxi Fleets for European Rollout) and H2ME2 (Hydrogen Mobility Europe) projects, both funded by the EU’s Clean Hydrogen Partnership.

And Everfuel had confirmed in January 2022 that it had entered a five-year sole hydrogen supply contract with Drivr.

But the Danish hydrogen supplier has since announced in its second-quarter earning report that it would “close or pause, and if possible, divest or repurpose” its light-duty H2 refuelling stations serving passenger cars, due to a lack of profitability.

While two of the stations, including Drivr’s main refuelling site at Prags Boulevard in Copenhagen, could be eventually reopened, no timelines have been disclosed to date.

“We are here to help with the offtake, and invites [sic] everybody that has interest to reach out,” Svane added. “Drivr is in Denmark, but we don’t mind expanding to other countries.”

Prior to taking on the role of CEO at Drivr in December, Svane had been involved in the Everfuel-Drivr agreement as the general manager for mobility and new business for Toyota Denmark.

Drivr had previously suggested it would ramp up its Mirai fleet to 500 vehicles by 2025, given the Danish government’s target for all new taxis to not emit CO2 or air pollution by that year, and all taxis on the road to be zero-emission by 2030.

But without any ability to fuel these cars with hydrogen within Denmark in the short term, it is unlikely this future purchase will come to fruition.

Toyota Mirai vehicles have also been criticised by taxi operators in Japan as costly to run due to fuel inefficiency.

In 2021, Drivr had been selected by the city of Copenhagen to provide an ad-hoc taxi service, transporting children and adults with disabilities, citizens on their way to hospital, municipal employees on duty and politicians as part of this contract.

Hydrogen Insight has reached out to the city of Copenhagen to confirm whether this agreement is still in place.