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Douglas PUD receives hydrogen fuel cell cars

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

Toyota Media Contact: Josh Burns,, (469) 292-6449

News Release – May 13, 2024

Fuel Cell Car in front of DCPUD building

In partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Toyota, Douglas PUD received four used Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The purchase of the vehicles was made possible with a grant from Toyota to demonstrate the production and utilization of renewable fuels.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to test out these Toyota Mirais with our soon to be locally produced green hydrogen” said Gary Ivory, Douglas PUD general manager. “When we begin production of our renewable hydrogen later this year, we will be encouraging other agencies with fleet vehicles to take a look at these and consider adding a fuel cell car to their line up.”

“We’re excited to partner with Douglas PUD to showcase how fuel cell electric vehicles like the Toyota Mirai can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in local communities,” said Michael Lord, Executive Engineer, Environmental Regulation, Toyota Motor North America. “Through this program, the Mirai can help demonstrate the benefits of this zero-emission technology by providing a viable electrified option for those without reliable access to charging or who have a longer commute for work, school, and recreation.”

The public is invited to stop by the East Wenatchee office at 1151 Valley Mall Parkway to get an up-close look at a fuel cell vehicle.

The renewable hydrogen production facility near Baker Flats is in active construction and is anticipated to be in commercial production by the end of 2024. The goal of producing renewable hydrogen is to efficiently integrate renewables in a manner that is cost effective, reduce generator unit maintenance costs at the Wells Hydroelectric Project and free up reserve capacity to benefit our customers.

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