MIRAI_ 16 The Toyota Mirai is a four-door, midsize sedan with performance that fully competes with traditional internal combustion engines — but it uses no gasoline and emits nothing but water vapor.

The groundbreaking fuel cell electric vehicle is powered by hydrogen, re-fuels in about five minutes, and travels up to 300 miles on a full tank.

Mirai is available to customers in California with additional markets tracking the expansion of a convenient hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

In its basic operation, a fuel cell vehicle works much like a battery electric vehicle. But instead of the large drive battery, Mirai’s fuel cell stack combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers the electric motor.

Toyota’s proprietary fuel cell stack represents a major leap forward in performance, delivering one of the world’s best power outputs of 3.1 kW/L at a dramatically reduced size that fits under the front driver and passenger seats. The system provides Mirai with a maximum output of 153 horsepower, accelerating from 0-60 in 9.0 seconds and delivering a passing time of 3 seconds from 25-40 mph.

The Mirai will be offered with an optional power take off (PTO) device that enables Mirai to serve as a mobile generator in case of emergency. With the PTO accessory, Mirai is capable of powering home essentials in an average house for up to a week in an emergency — while emitting only water in the process.

Toyota continues to support the development of a convenient and reliable hydrogen refueling infrastructure. The company has announced additional efforts to develop infrastructure in the country’s Northeast region. In 2016, Air Liquide, in collaboration with Toyota, is targeting construction of 12 stations in five states — New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Base model estimated mpg: TBD
Estimated starting price: $57,500
Compiled by Motor Matters

This entry was posted in Car Buying Research Starts Here. Bookmark the permalink.