Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) took delivery of 23 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles, marking the company’s first purchase of hydrogen-powered vehicles. SoCalGas plans to expand this fleet to 50 next month, making it among the first utilities in the nation to start transitioning to hydrogen.
These vehicles are an important step for SoCalGas in decarbonizing its fleet and supports the company’s Net Zero 2045 climate goal, which includes replacing 50% of its over-the-road fleet with clean fuel vehicles by 2025 and operating a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2035. With the addition of the 50 Toyota Mirai cars, a third of SoCalGas’ over-the-road fleet currently operates on clean fuels.
“California companies must work together in the fight against climate change,” said State Senator Susan Rubio. “The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in California and these types of efforts will help the state meet its climate goals.”
“Each vehicle in our light duty over-the-road fleet is driven an average of 10,000 miles per year. The zero-emissions Toyota Mirai have a driving range of 400 miles and since they run on hydrogen the only by-product is water,” said Sandra Hrna, vice president of supply chain and operations support at SoCalGas. “Transitioning some of our fleet to hydrogen will help us reduce emissions, moving SoCalGas closer to our net zero goal and helping California reach carbon neutrality faster.”
“Longo Toyota is honored to partner with SoCalGas on their strategy to reduce emissions from their vehicle fleet and we are excited to help them with the acquisition of 50 new Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles,” said Doug Eroh, president and general manager at Longo Toyota. “The Toyota Mirai is fueled with hydrogen and makes its own electricity on board while only emitting clean water from its tailpipe. We look forward to working with SoCalGas in the years to come on the acquisition and service of their clean vehicle fleet.”
Earlier this year, in partnership with Hyzon Motors, SoCalGas announced plans to deploy its first hydrogen-powered fuel cell utility truck. As part of the partnership, Hyzon will deliver a Class 3 commercial service body utility truck to SoCalGas in 2022.
Today, SoCalGas is actively engaged in more than 10 pilot projects related to hydrogen, including a partnership with Netherlands-based HyET Hydrogen on technology that could transform hydrogen distribution and enable the rapid expansion of hydrogen fueling stations. The technology would allow hydrogen to be easily and affordably transported via the natural gas pipeline system, then extracted and compressed at service stations.