Geazone Eco-Couriers, a zero emissions courier based in British Columbia, Canada has added 40 Toyota Hydrogen-powered Mirai’s to its fleet. The move has made Geazone North America’s first hydrogen-powered courier fleet.
The company has been providing sustainable delivery services, third party logistics and freight services to businesses across Vancouver Island and Vancouver since 2012. Geazone has an entirely emissions-free fleet, which includes human-powered tricycles, cars, and fully electric 5-tonne trucks. The introduction of the Mirai’s mark the first hydrogen vehicles to be added to the company’s roster. Currently, 20 of the 40 vehicles are in active service with the remainder still being delivered.
Geazone President & CEO Andrew Mitchell said that he has been really impressed with the smooth transition, noting how much easier it was to bring these hydrogen vehicles into service, compared to the battery electric vehicles in their fleet. “Hydrogen vehicles can be refueled in less than 5 minutes, which is comparable to a gasoline powered vehicle. Leveraging hydrogen powered vehicles, like the Mirai, offers us greater usability, increases our market scope and keeps our company competitive with other last mile delivery services.” said Mitchell. “With the Mirai’s, our employees can take them home without needing the extra charging infrastructure at their house or our office, which has been the largest hurdle for us when using battery electric vehicles.”
“Geazone is committed to providing a fast, reliable, affordable and sustainable delivery service with the customer in mind, and this new hydrogen-powered zero-emission fleet will help us achieve this, we believe all businesses can be champions of sustainability and we want to help lead this change.” added Mitchell.
Geazone’s launch of its hydrogen-powered courier fleet is partly a result of changes in the economy brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’d already been operating as an eco-courier with battery electric vehicles, but when COVID arrived, we had to make some changes,” Mitchell says. “A lot of our business-to-business client base dried up. We pivoted to a business-to-consumer model for final mile delivery by courier. At the same time, we were also looking at adapting our fleet to hydrogen. When I saw the Toyota Mirai, I was excited. I took one for a test drive and a few days later, came back and told them I wanted 40 of them, right then and there. A few weeks later, we added the first batch of FCEVs to our fleet.”
Geazone plans on expanding their hydrogen-powered fleet in the coming months.
“In places where the fueling infrastructure exists – as it does in BC – hydrogen-powered FCEVs really are the perfect zero-emission solution for organizations with fleets of high-use vehicles,” said Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Corporate at Toyota Canada Inc. “We commend Geazone for taking this bold and innovative step for their business, and we hope their fleet of Toyota Mirai will help demonstrate the value of FCEVs to other fleet owners looking to reduce their carbon footprint.”
British Columbia currently has four active hydrogen fuelling stations, with several more planned as part of the provinces Clean BC Roadmap to 2030. The plan includes the government’s CleanBC Go Electric Hydrogen Fleet program, which offers fleet operators $8,000 to a maximum of 35% of the selling price for the purchase of an FCEV.
“We want to encourage more B.C. companies to make the switch to clean energy in their day-to-day business,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “Geazone Eco-Courier is a great example of a local company that is working to adopt cleaner vehicles which not only aligns with our hydrogen strategy and CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, but helps other businesses and communities reach their own climate change targets by ensuring their couriers are behind the wheel of zero-emissions vehicles.”
To learn more, visit http://geazone.ca/