The era of the fuel cell vehicle in the United States will hit a growth spurt early next month in California when Toyota dealers begin taking orders for the maker’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai.
The $58,000 alternative fuel vehicle starts arriving in dealer showrooms this October, according to the Japanese automaker. It will only be sold in California, which is the only state with enough hydrogen-fueling infrastructure for the purchase to make sense.
The California Energy Commission is investing $46.6 million to accelerate the development of hydrogen fueling stations. The cash infusion will add 28 new stations to the existing nine stations. There are another 17 sites in various stages of development, which would bring the total stations expected online in the next couple of years to 54. That commission’s goal is 100 stations. (more…)