Geazone Eco-Couriers claims to be “North America’s first hydrogen-powered courier fleet.”
Geazone is a British Columbia (BC)-based courier company that provides delivery services, third party logistics and freight services to businesses and customers across Vancouver Island and Vancouver.
The 40 Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) they ordered are powered by hydrogen. The press release did not specify if Gearzone will be using Blue (ie. made with fossil fuels) or Green Hydrogen, which is much more difficult to source.
Geazone received rebates from the BC’s CleanBC Go Electric Hydrogen Fleet program, which offers fleet operators $8,000 to a maximum of 35% of selling price for the purchase of an FCEV to help B.C. businesses reduce emissions.
Hydrogen BC, the association championing British Columbia’s hydrogen industry, welcomes the announcement.
There are only four hydrogen fuelling stations in BC, with ‘several’ more planned. And that is a major problem for fuel cell electric vehicles. There is simply no infrastructure to support these vehicles. For example, California is the only US state where one can purchase a Toyota Mirai as there are not enough hydrogen fuelling stations in the rest of the US.
FCEV should be part of the solution to cleaning up the environment. At the moment they simply are not.
It cannot be ignored that Toyota is actively lobbying against the switch to zero emission vehicles (ZEV).