Olympic taxis

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2360
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It has been reported that five low emission hydrogen-fuelled taxis used to shuttle VIPs between venues during the Olympic Games were being transported 130 miles every day by diesel-fuelled HGVs to the nearest hydrogen filling station following the temporary closure of the Lea Interchange hydrogen station. What discussions were had with private operators prior to the decision being made to close the Lea Interchange refuelling station during the Games?

Answer

Answer for Olympic taxis

Answer for Olympic taxis

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Five ground breaking fuel cell electric taxis were running in London during the Olympic Games as part of a two year project to develop hydrogen technology in the capital. The taxis were refuelled at a new refuelling station at Heathrow - it was never the intention for the taxis to refuel at the Lea Interchange refuelling station. The company responsible for the new station were delayed in opening it due to planning issues and this meant that an alternative fuelling site was used once to maintain their vital operation during the Olympic Games.