2016 Toyota Mirai: Busy Hydrogen Station
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 15, 2016
This morning I stopped at the hydrogen pump on Long Beach Blvd. to fill up and had a quick conversation with a representative of True Zero, the company that maintains the system. As I started the fill process, he came over to tell me that the pump was registering the wrong numbers on the screen, so he would have to take a minute to reset things.
As he was working on the system, I asked him how busy this particular station was compared to others in the area. He said it was the most popular station in their network. I wasn't that surprised given its central location and easy access off a busy freeway.
Just as he was finishing up, a hydrogen refueling truck pulled into the station. The company rep said it comes about once a week to replenish the supply. By the time the truck had maneuvered into place, I was topped off and ready to go. Another Mirai was pulling into the station as I pulled out, so I guess the guy wasn't exaggerating when he said it was busy. Then again, I saw two more Mirais on the way to the office, so we're clearly in the heart of Mirai country.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 5,427 miles