Toyota Mirai: The Future of Hydrogen Vehicles

Posted Friday, Nov 21, 2014 by nhtwpprod

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The Toyota Mirai is one of the most anticipated vehicles to ever be released. The 2015 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is expected at the Los Angeles Toyota dealers in the middle of 2015. Many drivers who follow the release of innovative new Toyota cars online already know the auto maker’s dedication at working towards a more energy-efficient future. Now, after years of testing, the Mirai is ready to hit the road.

The Mirai will be sold in Japan towards the end of 2014 with a retail price of approximately $60,000. There, it will qualify for a $20,000 government rebate, bringing the final price down to that of many of the more popular hybrids. The Mirai is expected to retail for about the same amount in the United States. Other auto makers are also preparing to announce the addition of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to their lineups, including Honda and Volkswagen, adding to the existing hydrogen cars being leased in the U.S. by Hyundai and Mercedes. Toyota’s Mirai stands out from the competition in regards to range, capable of going 310 miles with 0 emissions. Another advantage the Mirai offers is the less than 5 minutes it takes to refuel.

Fueling the Mirai

The biggest concern drivers currently have with hydrogen fueled vehicles is having access to fuel. This is another area where Toyota stands apart from the rest. In Southern California, there are currently eleven hydrogen fueling stations, with the number expected to grow to approximately 40 by the end of 2015.

Toyota also announced their partnership with Air Liquide, a hydrogen infrastructure company that is set to begin development of a dozen hydrogen fueling stations on the East Coast in preparation for release of the Mirai in New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts in 2016. Toyota Motor Company also boasts the Mirai as being able to run on fuel made from almost anything, including garbage.

Driving the Marai

While the Marai boasts the newest fuel technology and produces 0 emissions, that doesn’t take away from the need for driving pleasure. The new car is made with a low center of gravity that creates dynamic handling. The hydrogen fuel cell car is expected to have all the features that have kept drivers loyal to the Toyota trademark, while having the most positive impact on the environment possible.

The Toyota Prius started the hybrid revolution in the United States, and it has been phenomenally successful as an affordable car that is fun to drive. Once the Mirai is introduced to the country, it will expand beyond the borders of California. Although it will be offered at the Los Angeles Toyota dealers when first released in the U.S., the Mirai will provide drivers across the country with the option to drive an energy-efficient car that is better for the environment. To learn more about the fuel-efficient vehicles available at the Los Angeles Toyota dealers, call 800-800-6730.