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Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to go on sale this year in Canada starting in Québec

Toyota Canada announced that the Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle is coming to Canada this year. As Toyota kicked off its participation in the Montréal International Auto Show, the company confirmed it would launch starting with select fleets in Québec.

Hydro Québec is the world’s fourth-largest producer of clean hydro-electricity; the hydrogen used to drive Mirai will be produced from clean sources too. Toyota Canada has been working closely with partners in Québec over the past year—in particular, the Ministries of Energy, Environment, and Transportation—to ensure the introduction of an appropriate fueling infrastructure in the province.

The arrival of the Mirai in Québec is perfectly in line with the adoption of the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard last December, which aims to substantially increase the number of electric cars on Québec roads.

This standard will give Québecers access to a wider range of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. Toyota’s announcement demonstrates that builders are hard at work to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets we collectively set for the benefit of our planet and future generations.

—Isabelle Melançon, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change

The Mirai’s introduction follows the successful market launch of the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid vehicle in the Canadian market. The company launched a real-world market trial of Prius Prime in Québec in mid-2017, and the success of that experience set the stage for expanding Prius Prime to the rest of Canada this year.

Comments

HarveyD

The initial excellent Toyota extended all weather range 50 Mirai FCEV fleet, will be part of a cold weather operation test, restricted to commercial/industrial users, in and around Québec City in 2018.

Québec Hydro, Toyota, Québec Government and participating partners will jointly build, install and operate clean H2 stations using clean surplus/excess Hydro + Wind generated electricity.

This FCEV/H2 program will be extended to the rest of the province in 2019/2020 as more H2 stations become available.

Davemart

As I noted in another thread:

The prototype of the Mirai was extensively tested in Yellowknife for how it was in the cold:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEHeL0rsAGw

They are basically very good in the cold, but of course operational use will hone the details.

Bobcom52

While I am far from convinced that fuel cells have any future for private cars, if they are sourcing their hydrogen from clean sources then good luck to them.

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