Hawaii’s Governor Test Drives Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
Hawaii’s Governor Test Drives Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, January 20, 2016

HONOLULU--Governor David Ige has only driven twice since he became the Governor of Hawaii and both times he drove the Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) – Toyota’s first zero emission production vehicle that boasts a 312-mile range and a 5-minute refueling time. 

Yesterday, Servco Chairman & CEO Mark Fukunaga brought the Mirai down to the Capitol to give the Governor a test drive and discuss Servco and Toyota Hawaii’s commitment to clean ground transportation. 

Hawaii is the second state after California to receive the Mirai, Toyota’s first hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle (FCV). 

WHY ARE HYDROGEN FUEL CELL VEHICLES A GOOD FIT FOR HAWAII 

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a perfect fit for Hawaii because the hydrogen fuel can be produced locally, reducing transportation of fuel, reducing dependency on foreign energy sources and creating local jobs. And, since cars like the Toyota Mirai emit nothing but water, they are great for our environment.

Plus, the Mirai's 312* mile driving range and clean emissions are ideal for our island footprint.

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's (HCEI) goal is to achieve 70 percent clean energy by 2030 with 40 percent coming from locally generated renewable sources and 30 percent from efficiency measures... What is Toyota Hawaii doing to help make this goal a reality?

We hope to be able to do our part to help achieve these goals. The Toyota Prius is already Hawaii's top-selling hybrid vehicle and now we're excited to introduce the future of sustainable technology - the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai.

Toyota has been working on fuel cell technology for over 20 years. There are no engine emissions except for water vapor. And the Toyota Mirai offers a driving range of up to 312* miles (more than three times the typical driving range of current electric vehicles) and can be refilled with hydrogen fuel in about five minutes - versus much longer EV charging times.

The MSRP of the Mirai is $57,500 less any applicable state or federal tax credits. The Mirai will be available for limited sale in Hawaii later this year or early 2017.