The City of Long Beach recently acquired one of the first Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) that is available commercially, a Toyota Mirai that runs solely on hydrogen and has no emissions, other than water.
“As a leader in making cities more sustainable, we’re proud to implement new technology that reduces our impact on the environment,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
With a range of approximately 300 miles and a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 66 mpg, the Mirai is the most fuel efficient hydrogen fuel cell vehicle rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Mirai is in service at the City’s Motor Pool for a six-month pilot test to assess practicality for further use. After the pilot, the Mirai will be placed in several departments for further testing and to garner more feedback.
At low speeds, such as city driving, the Mirai runs just like any all-electric car by using the energy stored in its battery, which is charged through regenerative braking. At higher speeds, the hydrogen fuel cell alone powers the electric motor as it converts hydrogen to electricity. Its name means “future” in Japanese.
Refueling takes about five minutes, and is done at the hydrogen station at 3401 Long Beach Boulevard, which is open to the public.
The City of Long Beach recently converted its diesel and natural gas vehicles (more than 18 percent of its total vehicle fleet) to renewable fuels. By using renewable diesel and renewable liquid natural gas (RNG), the City expects a reduction of more than 6,000 tons of carbon emissions a year.
The City’s fleet was recognized as one of the Top 50 Government Fleets in North America for 2015 and 2016, and was ranked the No. 1 North American Government Green Fleet in 2008.