On January 18, Toyota Canada announced that it will introduce the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle to the Canadian market.
Toyota is planning to release the Mirai to select companies and government offices in the province of Quebec from this year. In mid-2017, Toyota began a market trial of the Mirai. The Mirai provides Canadians with the essential features, such as cold-weather reliability, quick refueling and a cruising range that parallels that of gasoline cars.
The province of Quebec is known for its renewable energy as it is the fourth largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world. With the province’s high potential as a hydrogen-producing region, Toyota has been working together with the Ministry of Energy, Environment, and Transportation to build the necessary infrastructure for expanding the use of fuel-cell vehicles.
In Japan, the U.S. and Europe, where more and more hydrogen stations are being built, a total of 5,300 Mirais have been sold in the three years since its December 2014 debut. Moreover, Toyota is planning to launch market trials of the Mirai in other countries, including Australia, the UAE and China.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)