The push for alternative fuel sources has been around for decades in the automotive industry. The first big success, despite it not truly being an alternative source, was hybrid technology. While hybrid vehicles still use gasoline as fuel, they’re also partially electric enabling a vehicle to travel much further and thus use less fuel. All-electric vehicles have been picking up steam quite a bit over the past few short years, but most recently a heavy push towards the hydrogen future has stepped up with vehicles like the Toyota Mirai. With vehicles like this one steadily being released into the world on small test runs we have to ask, could any of these hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be coming here to Canada?
“Toyota and the Province of Quebec have both been leaders in the reduction of carbon emissions. We continue to work closely with the Quebec government to help them build the infrastructure required to make adoption of greenhouse-gas-friendly technology a reality.”
– Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman, Toyota Motor Co.
Toyota Chairman Visits Quebec
The Toyota Chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada – sometimes also known as the father of the Prius, recently visited Quebec and met with Energy Minister Pierre Arcand. Toyota and Canada both share the goal of the push towards alternative fuel sources like hydrogen-powered vehicles, and the Quebec government is a huge force in that fight. These two parties had a meeting and shared how they plan to work close together to bring hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to Canada, starting by introducing the first hydrogen fueling and service facility right in Quebec.
So, the hydrogen future is inching closer. Quebec will just be the beginning here in Canada, and we imagine it won’t be long until vehicles like the Toyota Mirai are cruising around Edmonton. We’ll keep you posted right here on the Go Toyota on the Trail blog if any further information becomes available, so be sure to stay tuned.