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U. S. History Is Made: Toyota Sells 1st Commercial Hydrogen Car

On October 21, 2015, which is also “Back to The Future Day”, Toyota has sold its first hydrogen fuel cell car/s on U. S. soil. The Toyota Mirai, which I have talked about at length, was sold through 8 dealerships in California (4 in NoCal and 4 in SoCal).

In order to commemorate this day, I decided to take a short road trip to Longo Toyota in Los Angeles to check in and see how they were doing. According to Internet Sales Associate Neil Polzin, the dealership had handed over the keys to four Mirai’s today with a possible 5th car on the way.

I also spoke with Business Operations Specialist, Tyler Makin who told me that the first Mirai sold in the southern California region was signed over at 2am this morning at Longo. He also said that their dealership had sold approximately 170 fuel cell Mirais altogether including the qualified preorders.

Toyota USA has put out a cool Back to the Future video tying the original movie in with the rollout of the Mirai: https://youtu.be/xFyY7_hc-14

A little over a year ago, on June 04, 2014 Hyundai leased the first commercial hydrogen car in the United States and that was a great start. Now, fuel cell car early adopters can now both lease and buy a hydrogen vehicle.

Note: For the past 10 years of writing this blog I’ve had to deal with the naysayers, critics and negative Nancies would said this day would never come. And to them I say that the flux capacitor has finally made it to prime time. Great Scott!

 

About Hydro Kevin Kantola

Hydro Kevin Kantola
I'm a hydrogen car blogger, editor and publisher interested in documenting the history and the progression of hydrogen cars, vehicles and infrastructure worldwide.

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3 comments

  1. A momentous occasion, no doubt.

    But it looks like we’re still 10 or 15 years from serious mass production and serious competition between manufacturers that will make these vehicles cost competitive with the status quo.

    Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  2. We have 10kW of solar panels which generate the electricity we use at home. I’m looking for an FCV together with a converter that we allow me to refuel the FCV using our solar electricity. Slow charging is not a problem.

  3. Hydro Kevin Kantola

    Hi Chris, you may want to contact Mike through his website: http://hydrogenhouseproject.org/

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