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Lyft & Toyota Create Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership in B.C.

Toyota and Lyft have partnered on a ride-sharing initiative in B.C. which allows Lyft drivers to rent Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Photo: Toyota Canada

Lyft Canada and Toyota Canada, in partnership with Toyota Credit Canada, have created a program, that allows Lyft drivers to rent a Hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai in the Metro Vancouver Area.

The initiative, which is being operated through the Toyota KINTO share program, is part of a wider effort to advance the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the province of British Columbia with the goal of creating a more sustainable transportation infrastructure both provincially and nationally across Canada.

Through the partnership, eligible drivers on the Lyft platform can access a Toyota Mirai sedan through the KINTO Share Canada app and collect it at one of three Toyota dealerships across B.C.’s Lower Mainland.

The weekly rental rate is $198 per week + taxes and fees, and includes insurance, scheduled maintenance, and unlimited kilometres*.

The Toyota Mirai is the world’s first mass-production hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. One of many components of Toyota’s overall carbon reduction strategy, the hydrogen-powered, Mirai fuels in approximately five minutes, offers up to 500km of range and emits only water from its tailpipe.

Due to its propulsion technology, the Mirai is also eligible for BC’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on provincial highways.

In reference to the new partnership, Peter Lukomskyj, General Manager, Lyft in B.C. said that “Lyft’s mission is to improve people’s lives and to achieve this, we need to make transportation more sustainable.”

He also said that “This partnership will better serve current drivers and those who don’t have a vehicle but want to drive with Lyft for supplemental income while moving us toward our goal of reaching 100% electric vehicles on the platform by 2030.”

Mitchell Foreman, Director of Advanced and Connected Technologies at Toyota Canada added, “Toyota’s KINTO Share program is proud to partner with Lyft to demonstrate a zero-emission mobility-as-a-service model in another important step toward achieving our global sustainability objectives.This proof-of-concept project also allows more Canadians to experience hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles first-hand, demonstrating their viability and efficiency, especially for fleets.”

*Restrictions apply to km

You can watch the introduction video here

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