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Motor Trend’s 2021 Toyota Mirai yearlong review

2021 Toyota Mirai

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Here’s our third 2021 Toyota Mirai update in a nutshell: The car is great but the fueling is painful, and this month was more painful than most. Allow us to regale you with the story of what happened with our long-term hydrogen-fueled EV during a week we’re calling the Hydrogen Fuelpocalypse. Spoiler alert: We did not punch the yutz in the gray Mirai, but damn, did we come close.

As usual, when our Mirai’s range-remaining display showed 100 miles, we started to think about fueling up. Checking the Toyota app, we saw that most of the hydrogen stations in and around the Mirai’s home turf of the San Fernando Valley were either broken or out of fuel. No big deal; such glitches usually resolve themselves within a couple of days, hence our 100-mile threshold.

This time, though, things weren’t getting better. True Zero Mission Hills, a beautiful four-pump station that always seems to be broken, stayed offline. The somewhat reliable Studio City station kept going down. Hollywood fell, then Fairfax. Horrified, we realized what was happening: Working stations were being inundated by cars and either running out of fuel or dropping from the strain.

BC-based courier company Geazone Eco-Couriers has ordered 40 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV)

Geazone Eco-Couriers fleet of Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV)

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).

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