We’ve been ready for the new Toyota hydrogen car to hit our inventory here at Krause Toyota for a very long time, and while we don’t know when it will hit our lineup specifically, we do know it will land in California this fall. The fuel cell vehicle, called the Toyota Mirai, will boast an incredibly high fuel efficiency and overall range, getting the EPA-estimated equivalent of 67 mpg and going 312 miles on a single hydrogen fill-up.
Toyota has really poured tons of support and effort into the fuel cell vehicle market, and they hope to continue to pique customers’ interest in fuel cell vehicles going forward. In fact, the country of Japan wants to exhibit fuel cell vehicles proudly at the 2020 Olympics and the Toyota brand would be a very large part of that showcase.
However, for now, we face the simple challenge of converting our customers over to the zero-emissions way of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Many people are skeptical of the practicality and feasibility of the hydrogen car, but Toyota overcame similar objections when it created the Prius in 1997. Two decades later, we’ve learned to trust the brand’s good sense of direction. Come see us here at Krause Toyota to learn more.
Toyota is currently the only automaker to have developed a mass-market fuel cell vehicle in the Toyota Mirai (coming in 2016). Now another Japanese automaker, Mazda, is joining the small zero-emissions sector of the market. The two automakers already share technology and production resources but time and infrastructure has called for the Toyota-Mazda partnership to expand.
Toyota has already released some of its patents involving fuel cell technology for free, allowing other automakers to develop the technology themselves. The hope was that the release of information would speed up the development of fuel cell infrastructure.
On its end of the partnership, Toyota would provide Mazda with fuel cell and plug-in hybrid technology. In return, Mazda would provide gasoline and diesel engine technology from its fuel-efficient SkyActiv series.
While Mazda had previously been developing fuel cell technology on its own, a partnership with Toyota will speed up the process, saving both time and money.
Fuel cell vehicles are the best zero-emission alternative cars we’ve ever seen, managing the same driving range and refueling time as your conventional vehicle. Speeding up infrastructure development, like hydrogen refueling stations, will ultimately expand the FCV (fuel cell vehicle) market.
Regardless of how it’s achieved, we here at Krause Toyota and Scion are all for a cleaner, greener future!
When Toyota first announced the sale of its first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, called the Mirai, the vehicle garnered a lot of interest. After the Mirai made its debut a few months ago, this interest increased drastically with over 16,000 orders in the United States alone. Because of this, Toyota Mirai production is already being increased, even though the eco-friendly vehicle isn’t in dealers’ showrooms yet.
The Mirai uses hydrogen to create a zero-emissions method of transportation. Instead of gas exhaust, like many cars emit, the Mirai’s exhaust is actually a pure water vapor that does no harm to the environment. The vehicle is currently on sale in Japan, where it is also produced, and it is proving to be extremely popular.
The Toyota Mirai can be leased for $499 a month and will be arriving in the United States in October. While the vehicle will be produced in a small volume, it’s possible that this is the step the car industry needs towards mainstreaming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. For more information about the Mirai, contact Krause Toyota today!