Blog: Graeme RobertsServicing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Graeme Roberts | 19 April 2016

In addition to the usual checks on brakes, fluids and tyres, the Mirai needs inspection of the fuel cell’s cooling system, hydrogen sensor and hydrogen fuel supply system. The only additional equipment required is a hydrogen leak detector and a diluted hydrogen spray, used to check the operation of the sensors

In addition to the usual checks on brakes, fluids and tyres, the Mirai needs inspection of the fuel cell’s cooling system, hydrogen sensor and hydrogen fuel supply system. The only additional equipment required is a hydrogen leak detector and a diluted hydrogen spray, used to check the operation of the sensors

According to Toyota GB, the first Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service gave technicians at a north west London dealership the opportunity to put their specialist hydrogen fuel cell training into practice.

Three technicians at Jemca’s Edgware workshop have undergone four days of FCV training at Toyota’s European technical facility learning about the essential chemistry of the fuel cell system and detail of the car’s servicing, repair and refuelling procedures.

The job was accomplished by one person within a one-hour time slot.

Technician Peter Kelly said: "It was great to be able use all the theory we’d been taught but in fact it was very much like a normal service. If anything, it felt like there was less work to do than usual, as there wasn’t a petrol or diesel engine to work on."

In addition to the usual checks on brakes, fluids and tyres, the Mirai needs inspection of the fuel cell’s cooling system, hydrogen sensor and hydrogen fuel supply system. The only additional equipment required is a hydrogen leak detector and a diluted hydrogen spray, used to check the operation of the sensors.

The car, leased by greentomatocars, has clocked up almost 10,000 miles in and around London as a private hire vehicle.

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