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StratosFuel for H2 Mirai Car-Sharing

October 23, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pioneering Program with a Fleet of 15 Toyota FCVs

Southern California’s StratosFuel is kicking off an innovative car-share program using a fleet of 15 hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai electric vehicles from Toyota.

The Toyota Mirai, being made available as a car-share vehicle though San Bernardino-based StratosFuel, can fuel in as little as five minutes yielding zero-emission range in excess of 300 miles.

The company’s “StratosShare” program is backed by a $684,421 grant from the California Energy Commission. StratosFuel responded to a CEC solicitation titled Innovative Service Mobility Demonstrations with Zero-Emission Vehicles.

The 15 fuel cell EVs – are being purchased from Longo Toyota, of El Monte, Calif. The vehicles list for $57,500 each.

Gasoline-Like Fill Time & Range

“We want to provide a zero-emission vehicle alternative to the shared mobility sector and do so with convenience,” StratosFuel co-founder and CEO Jonathan Palacios-Avila said in a release. “Sharing a FCEV is a great opportunity for drivers to understand the simplicity of driving and refueling an electric vehicle in minutes.”

The cars can fuel in as little as five minutes, providing zero-emission range in excess of 300 miles.

‘Competitively Priced’

“StratosShare will be competitively priced and include fuel, as well as insurance into the rental fee,” StratosFuel says. Riders will have the option to either rent a vehicle by the hour or day.

The fleet of shares FCEVs fleet will help boost usage of publicly funded hydrogen fueling stations, the company adds, as the program yields information which will be useful in developing a more comprehensive hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

StratosFuel wants to establish ZIP – zero impact production – facilities for hydrogen fueling and told the California Energy Commission earlier this year that it plans to use electrolysis-technology equipment from Hydrogenics to do so.

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Source: StratosFuel with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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