Toyota partners with Air Liquide to develop hydrogen fueling stations for new Mirai sedan

2016 Toyota Fuel Cell Mirai

Toyota has announced that its hydrogen fuel-cell sedan, unveiled at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, will be called the Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese.

“For us, this isn’t just another car,” said Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda at a pre-show press event. “This is an opportunity to really make a difference. This is a car that lets you have it all with no compromises. As a test driver, I knew this new fuel-cell vehicle had to be truly fun to drive – and believe me, it is. It has a low center of gravity, which gives it very dynamic handling.” 

 

The Mirai has a range of about 300 miles on a full tank of compressed hydrogen, and refueling takes less than five minutes. Initial press materials revealed a power-out CHAdeMO jack tucked away in the trunk of the vehicle, capable of powering a home for up to seven days. Although, according to GreenCarReports, Toyota execs have not decided whether this option will be available in the first batch of vehicles sold in US.

2016 Toyota Fuel Cell Mirai

Toyota also announced plans to partner with Air Liquide, a global producer of hydrogen and other gases, to develop fueling infrastructure in five Northeastern states where the Mirai will go on sale by 2016. Toyota has selected strategic locations to create a “hydrogen highway” between the greater New York and Boston areas.

2016 Toyota Fuel Cell

In May, Toyota loaned $7.3 million to FirstElement Fuel to build 9 hydrogen fueling stations in southern California.

A total of 700 Toyota Mirai sedans are scheduled to go on sale next year in Japan, Europe, and California. It will be priced around $69,000 in Japan. The 200 units slated for the US will start at $57,500, with a leasing option of $499 per month/36 month lease option and $3,649 due at signing. Toyota estimates that with combined state and federal incentives of $13,000, the purchase price could potentially fall to under $45,000.

 

Source: ToyotaGreen Car Reports, Forbes

  • Michael Walsh

    Fuel Cells for cars? Ridiculous proposition. Obsolete in 2-4 years with powerful, lighter batteries coming very fast. Mark my words Toyota!

  • John Langelid

    Why would anyone buy such an ugly and slow car when they can buy a Tesla?

    • ned_plimpton

      …ugly and slow and unresponsive car when they can buy a Tesla?

      In the short term, Tesla may be more of a Fuel-Cell-Killer than a ICE-Killer.

    • vike

      $60k??? Not to pile on (oh, why not?), but it’s also a car for Tesla money that cannot leave California and will require many potential buyers to make a 1-hour or more round trip to refuel. Mirai? If the name weren’t already used by Mitsubishi, Mirage would have been a better fit.

    • http://www.totalautomationworks.com Phil Tuttobene

      Couldn’t agree more John. The EV world in general seems to think an EV must be ugly. Not certain why. For the American manufacturers,I cant help but think they are just posturing their EVs for a “that a boy” DOE grant. Tesla is the only real contender IMO. Then of course there are many smaller companies like TAW willing to spend our own hard earned money to make the revolution happen.
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Total-AUTOmation-Works-LLC/599825060053495?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

  • Warcat59

    Definitely will need more fueling stations across the country for this to be practical. Of course, when early cars came out, you actually had to purchase gasoline for them at, of all places, the drugstore. Lots of folks who used horses and buggies thought “horseless carriages” were just a passing fad. Should probably have coast to coast fueling stations within 10 years, if things pan out.