http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/01/20180118-mirai.htmlToyota Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to go on sale this year in Canada starting in Québec
. . . As Toyota kicked off its participation in the Montréal International Auto Show, the company confirmed it would launch starting with select fleets in Québec.
Hydro Québec is the world’s fourth-largest producer of clean hydro-electricity; the hydrogen used to drive Mirai will be produced from clean sources too. Toyota Canada has been working closely with partners in Québec over the past year—in particular, the Ministries of Energy, Environment, and Transportation—to ensure the introduction of an appropriate fueling infrastructure in the province. . . .
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/01/20180123-mirai.htmlToyota surpasses 3,000 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle sales in California
. . . Thirty-one retail hydrogen stations are now open for business in California, with an additional twelve stations projected to open in California in 2018.
Toyota continues to partner with FirstElement Fuels and Shell to support the creation of a broad network of hydrogen infrastructure in California. Toyota is also collaborating with Air Liquide, a producer of industrial gases, to set up a network of 12 hydrogen fueling stations stretching from New York to Boston, with the first station expected to launch in Boston later this year.
In addition, Toyota is building a new Tri-Gen facility at the Port of Long Beach that will use bio-waste sourced from California’s agricultural industry to generate water, electricity and hydrogen. The hydrogen will fuel all Toyota fuel cell vehicles moving through the Port, including new deliveries of the Mirai sedan and Toyota’s Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck, known as Project Portal. . . .
InsideEVs wrote:The Japanese automaker spent tons of cash and time (since the early 1990s) on the research and development of FCVs. Today, it must continue to decide whether to invest even more in both the infrastructure roll-out and vehicle development.
Performance of hydrogen-powered vehicles is less than desirable, while prices are extremely expensive. Added to this, there is no refueling infrastructure for mass-adoption.
Toyota has yet to have any notable sales success related to the technology. The automaker delivered just ~4,500 Mirai since late 2014. U.S. sales of the Mirai have just exceeded 3,000.
InsideEVs wrote:Toyota’s goal to achieve sales of 30,000 FCVs annually by 2020 is highly doubtful (BEV targets for single models already exceed 100,000+).
InsideEVs wrote:Plug-in cars — battery-electric in particular — are easier to introduce both on side of car manufacturer (though some are faring better than others), as well as in terms of available infrastructure, which is growing rapidly. Meanwhile, there are only 91 hydrogen stations in Japan and around 30 in California. Studies show that consumers are also beginning to show much more interest in plug-in vehicles, and the numbers don’t lie.
Umm.. This IS still the same universe that spawned the AMC Pacer, Citroen DSes, and Karmann Ghias, isn't it?GlennD wrote:Road and Track called it the ugliest car ever and I agree.
Levenkay wrote:Umm.. This IS still the same universe that spawned the AMC Pacer, Citroen DSes, and Karmann Ghias, isn't it?GlennD wrote:Road and Track called it the ugliest car ever and I agree.
But the topic was aesthetics, not function. I always felt ghias look like VW beetles that got left out in the sun to melt.GlennD wrote:[ liked my 59 karman ghia, Compared to a regular VW it was tons better. It was 6V and my 2 way radio turned the headlights orange when I keyed up.
I am offering this link to move the discussion very slightly less OT than it already is:Levenkay wrote:But the topic was aesthetics, not function. I always felt ghias look like VW beetles that got left out in the sun to melt.GlennD wrote:[ liked my 59 karman ghia, Compared to a regular VW it was tons better. It was 6V and my 2 way radio turned the headlights orange when I keyed up.