Ballard Power Systems, a global fuel cell pioneer celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, has arranged for several Ballard employees to purchase B.C.’s first fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI). Ballard employees are expected to purchase the Toyota Mirai zero-emission FCEVs powered by hydrogen in 2019, with initial vehicle deliveries completed yesterday.
Canada’s first publicly accessible retail hydrogen station opened in Vancouver last summer, with another station poised to open in Burnaby shortly. Earlier this year, Natural Resources Canada and the B.C. government announced they are contributing a combined $3 million to build two new retail hydrogen refueling stations in the province’s Lower Mainland, and it is expected that Greater Vancouver and Victoria will have a network of six stations by 2020.
With the Mirai now available for purchase by fleet operators at 12 authorized Mirai dealerships in the Vancouver area, Toyota is the first automaker to bring hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to Canada en masse. The company has been working with other hydrogen stakeholders across Canada to put in place the necessary fueling infrastructure, training and service to support the sale of FCEVs.