Fall 2016, Toyota North America plans to officially launch the world’s first full-production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the 2016 Toyota Mirai.
Like all ZEVs (zero emissions vehicles), it generates no tailpipe emissions, just water vapor, since it is an FCV. Given that hydrogen fueling stations are in short supply, much like electric vehicle charging stations, range is a big concern. One solution is to make sure that refueling / recharging stations are in good supply, and we’re sure that’s in the works. Indeed, California, where the Toyota Mirai is going to launch, has more hydrogen fuel stations than any other state in country, but what about range?
Just for comparison, another one of our favorite ZEVs, the Tesla Model S 85D, has an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles, which can take up to an hour to recharge on a Tesla Supercharger. The Toyota Mirai, on the other hand, was just rated at 67 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) by the EPA, which gives the car a range of over 300 miles (312, to be exact), and it requires just minutes to refuel, just like a conventional vehicle. In Aspen, Colorado, at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz had to be proud to announce the record-breaking news, Toyota Mirai now the longest-driving-range ZEV on the market.
“Toyota realized in the early 90’s 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.” With such range and convenience under its belt, the Toyota Mirai indeed looks to be ready to reshape the future of personal transportation.