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News >>> Adelan H2 car lease exceeds driver expectations

As the historic UK Hydrogen Strategy arrives this week, hydrogen cars are made available for lease from Adelan, to anyone trying to decarbonise their travel at work or play

Posted 16 August 2021

On the eve of the UK National Hydrogen (H2) Strategy, Adelan offers a world-class hydrogen vehicle Adelan offers a world-class hydrogen vehicle for lease as an alternative to pure electric vehicles. Clean, silent and economical, the Toyota Mirai meets the needs of real-world distance driving.

This hydrogen fuel cell technology car – the Toyota Mirai, promoted recently by both Top Gear presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson – is exempt from all charges in clean air zones, now and in the future. Most importantly it is filled the same way you do now at a fuel pump, leaving you to glide away from the pump in silence within minutes, with only water emitted from the exhaust. One fill of the tank can give more than 400 miles of driving for around £45, making it more economical than many petrol/diesel cars on the road today.

One Adelan lessee recently drove their Toyota Mirai over 400 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, proving the vehicle performance exceeds the manufacturers’ specification – unlike most electric and combustion cars. While not typical perhaps, the journey does demonstrate the longer-range capability of the vehicles than EVs.

Adelan offers Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles to lease from £125 per week, by forging a unique partnership with Toyota to make the vehicles available to new hydrogen customers wanting to trial this green alternative. Short-term leases for as little as one month can be agreed to allow drivers to “try-before-you-buy” – to see how hydrogen works for them. Leases can be extended for 6 months or longer once customers have established this type of vehicle works for them. A full tank of hydrogen for the Mirai costs around £45 with an estimated range of around 300 miles, a top speed of 111 mph and 0-62 mph in 9.6 seconds. But if you drive it carefully, the range can actually increase as you drive, because the battery can be topped up on route by the fuel cell. The Mirai is exempt from clean air zone charges, including Birmingham’s new Clean Air Zone, so overall this a guilt-free, economical choice.

The four-seater vehicle includes advanced safety systems including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a rear-view camera and a pre collision avoidance system. The Mirai comes with premium comfort options including heated steering wheels and seats (front and rear), wireless smartphone charging and a multimedia system with built in navigation. The car also features a premium audio system by JBL.

The vehicle can store up to 5kg of hydrogen with a cruising range of over 300 miles, which beats most electric vehicles and it’s own specifications. It takes a few minutes to fill with hydrogen which is now available in Birmingham and other hydrogen stations around the country. One Adelan lessee recently drove 406 miles on a single tank of hydrogen and was delighted with the vehicle performance as there were still miles on the clock. David Amos, Managing Director of PlusZero and Adelan lessee said: “When we set off from Teddington with a predicted range of 279 miles, I didn’t think there was any way we’d get home on one tank. By the time we got to Gretna Green (just over the Scottish Border) we’d covered 320 miles, with 86 miles left to Edinburgh, and a predicted range of 71 miles. I thought we might just make it, and we did! Covering 406 miles with 10 miles of range left, left me hugely impressed by the Mirai’s efficiency and comfort for the whole journey. Thanks Adelan! I look forward to using it over the next six months as we take people round the green-hydrogen based clean power demonstrations PlusZero is running around Scotland”.

The Toyota Mirai has zero emissions and even actively cleans the surrounding air of pollution. This is due to the air intake filters which remove the smallest and most dangerous airborne particles, to deliver ultra-clean air to the fuel cell. This means that the Mirai is superior to electric vehicles in terms of air quality impacts, as it protects the health of occupants and other road users alike.

Adelan CEO Dr Michaela Kendall explained the importance of the lease offer: “We are proud to offer this fantastic car for lease for the first time in Birmingham, and we want to make it available to other hydrogen pioneers. We pioneer the hydrogen economy – including our own fuel cell technology for decades, just like Toyota – and we are proud to see fuel cells now being commodified to eliminate carbon and air pollution in cities. I hope the UK Hydrogen Strategy will confine air pollution to the history books. More people die of air pollution each year than died of COVID in the last 12 months. We will look back on these days to marvel at the public health disaster that was combining combustion in cities, with high density populations”.

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