Toyota Mirai set to arrive in California showrooms

Toyota Mirai set to arrive in California showrooms

Toyota‘s first batch of US-bound Mirai sedans has landed in California.

The fuel-cell vehicle will initially be available only in the Golden State, and not all residents will be eligible for ownership. Interested customers must first request the purchase and complete an interview with a Toyota representative to “explore the possibility of Mirai ownership.”

The company did not elaborate on the qualifications, however the discussions presumably focus on the buyer’s geographic location and expected driving routes.

The Mirai recently received an EPA-estimated driving range of 312 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, comparable to many traditional vehicles and much higher than rival FCVs, however the entire state of California currently hosts just 10 hydrogen fueling stations, with more than 350 miles separating fill-up spots in the Los Angeles region from the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the US Department of Energy. In contrast, the agency counts more than 2,200 electric charging stations throughout the state.

To sweeten the deal and alleviate some of the concerns regarding a nascent technology, Toyota is including three years of complimentary hydrogen fill-ups and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on key fuel-cell components.

The Mirai carries a $57,500 price tag (before government incentives). Each is hand assembled at the former LFA Works factory in Japan, with an allocation of 200 units expected for the US market this year. Californians can begin submitting purchase requests on July 20.

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