The Japanese car maker is gearing up to make a splash in the key US market with the new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.
The Mirai will offer an EPA-estimated 67 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) city/highway/combined (3.5l/100km) when it hits dealerships in California this fall, and an EPA-estimated driving range rating of 502km on a single fill of hydrogen.
Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz announced the EPA-estimated performance figures at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Mirai is the only zero emission electric vehicle on the market that tops the 502km range milestone.
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“Toyota realised in the early 90s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” said Lentz. “Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly twenty years ago, the Mirai is now poised to usher in a new era of efficient, hydrogen transportation.”
The world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, the Toyota Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan with performance that fully competes with traditional internal combustion engines – but uses no petrol. Instead, Mirai creates electricity on demand using hydrogen, oxygen and a fuel cell, and emits nothing but water vapour in the process.
Toyota wants its hydrogen car to gain traction with Americans as quickly as possible and has tossed in the following goodies:
> Three years’ worth of complimentary hydrogen fuel
> 8-year/160,000km warranty on key fuel cell vehicle components including the FC stack and power control unit; FC hydrogen tanks; hybrid battery pack and ECU; FC air compressor, boost converter and ECU; hybrid control module (power management control module); and hydrogen fueling ECU.
> Three years complimentary Safety Connect and Entune, including hydrogen station finder app.
> Three years of 24/7 customer call support.
> Mirai Complimentary Rental Experience for seven days per year for three years.
> No cost scheduled maintenance for three years, or 56,327km, whichever comes first.