Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has announced that the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will be available for purchase by fleet operators at 12 Vancouver area Toyota dealerships beginning in July.

The Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese, is a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) that’s powered by hydrogen, uses no gasoline and emits only water vapor from its tailpipe. With performance that competes with traditional internal combustion engines, the Mirai boasts an approximately 500 kilometre range and refuels in about five minutes. This range – and no need to wait for hours for a charge – means there’s no compromise required for drivers: they can drive a ZEV without changing their driving or fueling habits.

As a ZEV, the Toyota Mirai also qualifies for a rebate of up to $6,000 under the provincial government’s Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV for BC) program.

With the first fleet of Mirai hitting Quebec roads earlier this year, Toyota became the first automaker to bring hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) 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.

The country’s first publicly accessible retail hydrogen station has been up and running in Vancouver since last summer with another poised to open in Burnaby. 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 soon have a network of six stations.

Toyota is committed to fuel cell technology and to supporting the continued growth of infrastructure across Canada. Electrified vehicles will be a huge part of Toyota’s mandate going forward. By 2025, every Toyota and Lexus model globally will be a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option. By 2030, 50 per cent of Toyota’s global sales, or roughly 5.5 million vehicles per year, will be electrified. One million of those will be ZEVs.

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over eight million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability to the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than eight million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid. Recent investments at its facilities in Ontario will allow for increased production of the top-selling Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid models.