The new Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan has made numerous public appearances across the country this month including at the AJAC EcoRun a few weeks ago and now at the 29th World Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS29) in Montreal.
The Institut de recherche sur l’hydrogène (IRH) at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, together with Toyota Canada representatives and Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand, yesterday summoned the media to express their desire to position the province as a leader in sustainable mobility. The recently unveiled energy plan makes hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles an integral part.
“Quebec is nicely positioned to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and become a leader in hydrogen technology and infrastructure development,” said IRH director Richard Chahine. “There’s a lot of work to do to ensure economic growth in that sector, but we’re convinced that the government will substantially benefit from investments in hydrogen, both financially and environmentally speaking. IRH promises to be a top ally in the government’s quest to achieve its green objectives.”
Toyota Canada hopes to see the Mirai become a real alternative to gasoline-powered cars in the future. Of course, the launch of this model here will depend largely on the state of hydrogen infrastructure. In the meantime, the media had the opportunity to test drive the Mirai at EVS29. We’ll have a review shortly, so don’t miss it!
In case you need a refresher, the Toyota Mirai offers a range of about 480 kilometres with a full hydrogen tank, which requires five minutes to fill. Output is rated at 151 horsepower, and the only emission is water.