Delivery of Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles begins fleet transition
LOS ANGELES— January 20, 2022—Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) today announced that
it took delivery of 23 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV), marking the company’s
first purchase of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company plans to expand its fleet of HFCEVs to 50
next month, making SoCalGas among the first utilities in the nation to start transitioning to hydrogen.
These HFCEVs are an important step for SoCalGas in decarbonizing its fleet and supports the company’s
Net Zero 2045 climate goal, which includes replacing 50% of its over-the-road fleet with clean fuel
vehicles by 2025 and operating a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2035. View footage of the Toyota Mirai
“California companies must work together in the fight against climate change,” said State Senator Susan
Rubio. “The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in
California and these types of efforts will help the state meet its climate goals.”
“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,” said Sandra Hrna, vice president of supply chain and operations support
at SoCalGas. “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.”
“Longo Toyota is honored to partner with SoCalGas on their strategy to reduce emissions from their
vehicle fleet and we are excited to help them with the acquisition of 50 new Toyota Mirai fuel cell
electric vehicles,” said Doug Eroh, president and general manager at Longo Toyota. “The Toyota Mirai is
fueled with hydrogen and makes its own electricity on board while only emitting clean water from its
tailpipe. We look forward to working with SoCalGas in the years to come on the acquisition and service
of their clean vehicle fleet.”
The light-duty vehicle industry has started to shift towards zero emissions vehicles, currently dominated
by battery EVs (BEVs) and complemented by hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. SoCalGas’ recently
released economy-wide technical analysis reveals that in the light-duty vehicle sector, BEVs and HFCEVs
could address different use cases. For vehicles with longer range requirements or higher utilization
needs, such as taxis, ride-share fleet, or SoCalGas’ own fleet, HFCEVs could be cost competitive in the
Earlier this year, in partnership with Hyzon Motors, SoCalGas announced plans to deploy its first
hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric utility truck. As part of the partnership, Hyzon will deliver a Class 3
commercial service body utility truck to SoCalGas in 2022. The truck is expected to reach a maximum
power of 200 kilowatts, with a range of 300 miles and will be built on the existing chassis OEM used by
SoCalGas, minimizing the updates needed for operations, servicing, and training.
With the addition of the 50 Toyota Mirai HFCEVs, a third of SoCalGas’ over-the-road fleet currently
operates on clean fuels. The company is on track to achieve its goal of 50% by 2025.
Today, SoCalGas is actively engaged in more than 10 pilot projects related to hydrogen, including a
partnership with Netherlands-based HyET Hydrogen on technology that could transform hydrogen
distribution and enable the rapid expansion of hydrogen fueling stations for HFCEVs like the Toyota
Mirai. The technology would allow hydrogen to be easily and affordably transported via the natural gas
pipeline system, then extracted and compressed at fueling stations that provide hydrogen for HFCEVs.
The transition to hydrogen is a prime example and yet another way SoCalGas is demonstrating its
commitment to being the cleanest, safest, and most innovative energy company in the country.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States.
SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers
across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company’s
pipelines will continue to play a key role in California’s clean energy transition—providing electric grid
reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment.
SoCalGas’ mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In
support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas
emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional
natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas
is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also
committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers.
SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego.
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