The new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car has just set a new benchmark for zero-emissions cars.
The Japanese automaker revealed today that the 2016 Toyota Mirai will get an estimated range of 312 miles, giving the emissions-free vehicle a longer range than even the most advanced electric vehicles available today, including the Tesla Model S.
The hydrogen fuel-cell car is also rated at 67 MPGe on the EPA test cycle and Toyota is hoping the Mirai will do for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as the Prius did for hybrids. “Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers,” said Toyota North American CEO Jim Lentz, the Mirai will “usher in a new era of efficient hydrogen transportation.”
The 2016 Toyota Mirai will be priced from $58,325 before incentives when it goes on sale this fall in California. It will also be available as a lease for $499 a month with $3,649 due at signing. According to Toyota, the Mirai will accelerate from 0-60 mph in nine seconds with 151 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The big question is whether the Mirai will catch on with a very basic infrastructure in the state, especially considering the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell hasn’t exactly been a great seller.