For the Mirai fuel cell car Toyota in planning to bring mobile H2 pumps as California does not have a large number of hydrogen stations available. According to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CAFCP), there are four but the EPA says there are ten. In either way, the exact number of open, working, public hydrogen refueling stations in California is not clear. For the shortage of H2 stations Toyota is trucking H2 stations for Mirai buyers.
The trucking of more stations is indeed a good news. But there is still a lacking of refueling infrastructure and buyers do not want to take delivery of their new cars yet. For that, mobile stations made by Air Products & Chemicals Inc. are needed that can provide a half tank for the Mirai. Toyota’s marketing manager Doug Coleman told Bloomberg, ‘We felt like this was a sensible interim step to help supply hydrogen fuel to Mirai customers that are out there on the roads right now.’
Though not many people are currently using Mirai, the demand is high. Thousand more cars to be sold of the $57500 Mirais in the US market for the 2016 model year and three thousand by the end of 2017 by Toyota. According to Bloomberg, demand in the US and Japan is so strong that if you were to place a new order in Japan right now, you might not get your car until 2019.
Fortunately there are bigger investments waiting for more H2 stations. The CAFCP says some 5 hydrogen stations are in development in California. Also, last year Toyota said it would work with FirstElement Fuel to build hydrogen stations which is a similar investment like the Honda’s.