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. 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.
The Mirai is powered by Toyota’s proprietary fuel cell stack
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 153hp, accelerating from 0-60 in 9.0 seconds and delivering a passing time of 3 seconds from 25-40 mph. The major option for the Mirai includes an optional power take off (PTO) device. 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.
The new fuel cell vehicle has been extensively tested at Toyota’s advanced Higashifuji Safety Center. And, the Mirai doesn’t lack onboard safety technologies such as; vehicle pre-collision, blind spot monitor, lane departure alert, drive start control and automatic high beams.
From the fourth quarter of 2015, the Toyota Mirai will be made available for folks in the sunshine State of California. The costs of ownership span $499 per month/36 month lease option, with $3649 due at lease signing, or purchase the vehicle for $57,500. With combined state and federal incentives of $13,000 available to many customers, the purchase price could potentially fall to under $45,000.
For the time being, the Mirai ownership comes with 24/7 concierge service, 24/7 enhanced roadside assistance, three years of Toyota Care maintenance, eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on fuel cell components, and three years of complimentary Safety Connect, and complimentary hydrogen fuel for up to three years.
2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan images