Two California public fleets have overcome pricing and fueling hurdles and added Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedans to their operations.
The City of Long Beach has one Mirai in its motor pool, and Sacramento County now has four with plans to add six more.
With a sticker price of more than $57,000 how did these government officials make the numbers pencil out?
Things start out with a California state contract cost of $41,000 for the Maria.
Next, an additional $15,000 is subtracted, courtesy of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Public Fleet Pilot Project rebate.
But wait, there’s more.
Toyota throws in up to $15,000 in free fuel for up to three years.
Keith Leech Sr., chief of fleet and parking for Sacramento County told Green Fleet Magazine that with incentives and rebates, purchasing the four Mirais was “a no brainer.”
As for vehicle maintenance and repairs, the county purchased a maintenance program.
Rather than purchase its Maria, the City of Long Beach chose to lease. A three-year, $24,000 contract includes fuel and maintenance.
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California has 29 hydrogen fueling stations, including private stations, according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center. Both agencies have close by access for refueling.
The state is prominently known for establishing nation-leading environmental standards and adopting ambitious goals for the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
Governor Jerry Brown declared by 2020, 25 percent of light-duty fleet purchases made by state agencies must be of zero-emission vehicles.
While there have been some starts and stops, there are currently 30 fuel stations in the permitting process, and most should be open by year’s end.
That will help state fleets meet Governor Brown’s 2020 proclamation, as well as encouraging additional fleet purchases and leases of fuel cell vehicles.