Hydrogen-Powered Cars Are Coming to Alberta

Fuel cell vehicles can be found in places like California, B.C. and Quebec, but soon Alberta will join the list thanks to a partnership between Toyota Canada and Edmonton International Airport (YEG).

A hundred Toyota Mirai sedans will make up the first fleet of hydrogen-powered, zero-emission vehicles in the province, the two parties announced in a joint statement on Tuesday.

"This is a monumental day for the Edmonton Metro Region. YEG is proud to bring together companies from around the world to form partnerships, test new technologies and showcase the power of emissions-free hydrogen fuels,” YEG President and CEO Myron Keehn said. “These vehicles and our partnership with Toyota Canada will help reduce emissions, attract investment and kick-start the Edmonton Metro Region's 5 000 Vehicle Challenge, which aims to have 5 000 hydrogen and hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles on the road in Alberta by 2028."

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"We commend Edmonton International Airport for taking the bold and innovative step to introduce zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to their fleet,” Toyota Canada President Stephen Beatty said. “Along with battery electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and other emerging technologies such as e-fuels, Toyota believes hydrogen will play an important role in a multi-technology approach to reducing carbon emissions in Canada.”

YEG's fleet of Toyota Mirais will help accelerate the use of hydrogen in Alberta and having on-site hydrogen fueling infrastructure will make them a true hub. 

Photo: Guillaume Rivard

As the airport continues its work to secure the most economical supply of Alberta-made clean hydrogen, it has partnered with the world’s largest hydrogen producer, Air Products, on an interim mobile hydrogen refuelling station at YEG.

YEG has set a goal of being carbon neutral by 2040.

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