Greentomatocars is operating the first Toyota Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service after clocking up almost 10,000 miles.
The hydrogen-powered car, which is used as a private hire vehicle, was taken to Jemca’s Edgware workshop in north west London where three of their staff have undergone four days of intensive training at Toyota’s European technical facility.
The job was accomplished by one person within a one-hour time slot.
Peter Kelly, a master diagnostic technician, carried out the task. He 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, Mirai also calls for 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 service revealed no problems and the vehicle was given a clean bill of health.