In recognition of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day last week (October 8th), Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and Longo Toyota of El Monte donated 1,008 meals to non-profit Meals on Wheels.
October 8th and the number 1,008 are used in connection with hydrogen because its atomic weight is 1.008.
Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is powered solely by hydrogen without combustion and its only emission is water.
Gas distributor SoCalGas recognises hydrogen and fuel cells to be a critical part of the future of clean energy in California.
“Longo Toyota is proud to partner with SoCalGas on National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day to bring awareness to hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the automotive space,” said Doug Eroh, President and General Manager of Longo Toyota.
“As one of the original authorised Mirai dealers in California, we have sold over 1,300 Mirai fuel cell vehicles in addition to over 35,000 hybrid electric vehicles over the past 20 years.”
“Longo Toyota is committed to promoting clean energy vehicles and educating the public on the importance of environmental sustainability.”
Yuri Freedman, SoCalGas Senior Director of Business Development, added, “As California works to transition to cleaner energy, SoCalGas knows the importance of hydrogen and fuel cells in developing the 21st century energy system, and innovations like hydrogen-powered cars are key.”
“Vehicles like the Mirai are expected to play an important role as California seeks to meet the requirements of Governor Newsom’s executive order to require all new cars sold here to be zero-emissions by 2035.”
“SoCalGas is also furthering innovation and the development of carbon-free and carbon-negative gases like renewable natural gas and hydrogen, which demonstrates our commitment to helping California reach its climate goals affordably and reliably.”
For the past six years, the US Congress has passed resolutions recognising October 8th as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.
National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day was created by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) to help raise awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
FCHEA recently launched a report titled, Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy, which was developed with input from 20 major companies including Microsoft, Toyota, Air Liquide, Cummins, SoCalGas, and other Fortune 100 firms.
It outlines how expanding the use of hydrogen would help solve a multitude of energy, environmental and health issues and makes the case that hydrogen will be required to dramatically decrease carbon fuels from US energy supply, especially as energy demands increase.