SoCalGas starts fleet transition to hydrogen fuel cell EVs

It has taken the delivery of 23 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with plans to expand its fleet to 50 next month

Big Zero Report 2023

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has started its fleet transition to greener vehicles, with the delivery of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEVs).

The 23 Toyota Mirai vehicles marks the company’s first purchase of HFCEVs, with plans to expand its fleet to 50 next month.

The move supports SoCalGas’ 2045 net zero climate goal, which includes replacing 50% of its over-the-road fleet with cleaner vehicles by 2025 and operating a 100% zero emission fleet by 2035.

The Toyota Mirai is fuelled with hydrogen and makes its own electricity on board while emitting only clean water from its tailpipe.

Sandra Hrna, Vice President of supply chain and operations support at SoCalGas said: “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 HFCEVs have a driving range of 400 miles and since they run on hydrogen the only by-product is water.

“Transitioning some of our fleet to HFCEVs will help us reduce emissions, moving SoCalGas closer to our net zero goal and helping California reach carbon neutrality faster.”

Earlier this year, SoCalGas also announced plans to deploy its first hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric utility truck as part of its partnership with Hyzon Motors.

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