Ridesharing company Lyft is offering its drivers in Metro Vancouver the opportunity to drive a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai through Toyota’s new KINTO Share program.
The hydrogen vehicle offering is all part of a new partnership between Lyft Canada and Toyota Canada, in partnership with Toyota Credit Canada.
Confirmed yesterday (10th Feb), and applauded by the Canadian Government, the collaboration allows eligible drivers on the Lyft platform can access a Mirai sedan through the KINTO Share Canada app.
Once processed on the app, drives can then pick the car up at one of three Toyota dealerships across the Lower Mainland.
The weekly rental rate is $198 per week + taxes and fees, and includes insurance, scheduled maintenance and unlimited kilometres.
“Lyft’s mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and to achieve this, we need to make transportation more sustainable,” said Peter Lukomskyj, General Manager, Lyft in B.C.
“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.”
“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,” added Mitchell Foreman, Director of Advanced and Connected Technologies at Toyota Canada.
“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.”
Lyft and Toyota’s announcement comes less than two months after the release of Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy which set an ambitious framework to make Canada a global hydrogen leader.
In recognition of this commitment, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, P.C. M.P. has commended the companies’ collaboration to get more hydrogen vehicles on the road.
“Reducing emissions from transportation is a critical part of our plan to create a cleaner, healthier future for our children and grandchildren,” Minister Wilkinson said.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to see collaborations like this one between Lyft Canada and Toyota Canada, which will not only benefit our environment, but also help position Canada as a world leader in the uptake of hydrogen technologies.”
“Hydrogen will play a significant role in B.C.’s clean energy future, generating environmental and economic benefits across the province,” added Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.
“This new partnership will help demonstrate these benefits, move us toward our CleanBC goals and put B.C. on the road to a clean energy future.”