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!
The new Toyota fuel cell vehicle, known as the Toyota Mirai, has been on sale over in Japan since last December, and will reach the American marketplace by September. The hydrogen-fueled vehicle recently got some great exposure, too—it acted as the pace car for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on April 25.
Of course, the Mirai is an unconventional choice for NASCAR—with its quiet hydrogen powertrain and water leaking out the tailpipe. However, NASCAR provides a great proving ground and platform to show off the Mirai. “Having a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle pace the Toyota Owners 400 is a historic moment for both Toyota and NASCAR and we’re proud it’s the Toyota Mirai,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience. “Bringing the Mirai to Richmond to pace this important race is another way for Toyota to showcase our innovation and environmental leadership.”
The Mirai had to undergo a test racing session to qualify as pace car, but it easily passed that exam. The Mirai built on the legacy of the Camry, the first hybrid vehicle approved to pace a NASCAR race back in 2009. The Mirai, of course, vastly improves on the Camry’s technology. Powered only by hydrogen, the Mirai can go 300 miles on a full tank, refuel in five minutes, and save your wallet and the environment all at once. Come see us at Krause Toyota Scion to learn more.
Toyota is introducing a new hybrid entry into their lineup. This shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore, really. Toyota has made a name for themselves amongst major automakers for being on the leading-edge of alternative propulsion.
It started with the Toyota Prius, an undeniable trailblazer that single-handedly carved a niche for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Now it looks as if Toyota is poised to do the same thing for fuel-cell vehicles, with the Toyota Mirai.
As for this new entry, the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is being unveiled this week at the New York Auto Show. As USA Today notes, the RAV4 should have a bit more room for battery storage, being an SUV, so it’s reasonable to expect a generous range.
The new hybrid compact SUV complements the larger Toyota Highlander, a full-size SUV that Toyota recently started producing as a hybrid. These two SUVs going green fulfill “Toyota’s pledge to extend hybrid technology across its line.”
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!