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Red Cross Receives Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Cars Donation from is part of Climate Change Initiative

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facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon Los Angeles, CA | December 11, 2020 06:04 AM Pacific Standard Time

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is excited to announce that DriveH2, in collaboration with Toyota, has donated five Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to the Red Cross blood services and disaster fleet. DriveH2 is the new public service initiative by Energy Independence Now (EIN), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and educating the world about the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Red Cross Los Angeles takes delivery of five Toyota Mirai hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles donated by DriveH2 for zero emissions evaluation

The Toyota Mirai creates electricity by converting hydrogen in an advanced fuel cell, leaving water vapor as the only tailpipe emissions. The EPA rates the Mirai among the most fuel-efficient hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with one of the longest driving ranges. With a refueling time of just 3-5 minutes, the Mirai can travel more than 300 miles on a single tank, with a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of more than 60mpg equivalent.

The addition of these cars to the Red Cross fleet aligns with Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order moving California towards zero emissions vehicles by 2035. The Red Cross, in partnership with DriveH2, is passionately pursuing that challenge as the dangers of climate change in the form of wildfires has steadily increased during the past few years, causing 2020 to be the most disastrous hurricane and wildfire season to date.

The Red Cross uses its fleet to execute its mission of responding to disasters and providing shelter and resources to those affected. The fleet also helps to transport blood between collection drives and health providers. Just this past year, Los Angeles Region Red Crossers drove more than 104,500 miles.

“For the past few years, the Red Cross Los Angeles has been on the ground responding to a growing number of wildfires and home fires,” said David Englin, chief operating officer of the Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “Adding these zero-emission vehicles to our fleet is aligned with our fundamental principles, one of which is humanity -- our commitment to protect life and alleviate suffering.”

“We’re delighted to be able to donate these vehicles to the Red Cross Los Angeles,” said Brian Goldstein, executive director of DriveH2/EIN. "This donation of fuel cell electric vehicles aligns perfectly with DriveH2's mission to raise awareness for hydrogen technology, a vital part of the zero emissions ecosystem. The vehicles' extended range and quick refueling time are a particularly good fit for the organization's operations, and we are honored to kick off this program alongside Toyota and the American Red Cross."


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  • American Red Cross Los Angeles RegionDavid Englin, Chief Operating OfficerLeslie Moore, Facilities and Fleet DirectorTim Hokanson, Volunteer Driver & Fleet CoordinatorMartin C Gutierrez, Fleet Coordinator II
  • DriveH2/EINBrian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now / DriveH2

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA


DriveH2 is a public service initiative by Energy Independence Now, an environmental non-profit committed to educating the world about the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. The organization engages in comprehensive research, policy advocacy and public outreach to promote the widespread adoption of a diverse zero emissions portfolio. Learn more at, and follow our story and updates across all social media platforms at @DriveH2


Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, Toyota has built more than 40 million cars and trucks in North America, where they have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the US), and directly employ more than 47000 people (over 36000 in the US). Their 1800 North American dealerships (nearly 1500 in the US) sold nearly 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.4 million in the US) in 2019.


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