The fuel-cell-electric powered Toyota Mirai proved its worth recently by breaking the official Guinness World Record for electric miles driven in 24 hours. The founders of True Zero completed a 1,438-mile drive throughout California all in 24 hours.
The drive, which started in Long Beach, spanned from sea level to 7200 feet, passed through six of the seven largest cities in California, and crossed the state’s boundary into Reno. True Zero’s hydrogen charging stations in Long Beach, Harris Ranch/Coalinga, Truckee, Mill Valley, Saratoga and Santa Barbara were used to refuel the cars during the drive, as was a hydrogen charger in Sacramento operated by Linde.
The goal was to demonstrate that a zero emissions vehicle like the Mirai can stand up to the same rigours as a fuel powered vehicle. The car was refuelled with four-minute “fill ups” using the True Zero retail hydrogen network between southern and northern California.
“The point has been made that an electric car can do everything that a gasoline car can do, but with zero emissions,” said Joel Ewanick, Chief Executive Officer of First Element Fuel, True Zero’s parent company. “All it took was grabbing a credit card, hopping in our Toyota Mirai with its carpool sticker, and charging up at the True Zero hydrogen stations that are open throughout California. And it’s possible today thanks to the State of California – the vision of the Energy Commission and Air Resources Board has arrived!
“We did some city driving, we drove through the mountains, we stopped to take photos, we crossed the golden gate bridge, we stopped to talk to reporters, and we even crossed into Reno. The Mirai can go more than 300 all-electric miles on each four-minute charge of True Zero hydrogen, so it was easy to do all of it in 24 hours without any concerns or range anxiety.”