The Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle is a revolutionary model, the first of its kind to be massively marketed around the world – and its US fuel economy rating has now come to assure potential buyers.
The midsize four door sedan is not the first hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle to be on sale in the US, but it’s certainly the first one to be marketed extensively around the world. The official fuel economy numbers – devised through a complicated equation that levels with the internal combustion brethrens – are now in and the Mirai gets an mpge of 67 miles per gallon. To put that into perspective, the 2016 Tesla Model S and 2016 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid both get an estimated 95 mpge and the 2015 Chevrolet Volt gets 98 mpge. “Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” comments Jim Lentz, Toyota North America’s CEO, in a statement. “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.”
While Toyota has started series production of the Mirai on low numbers, the company has hopes the fuel cell car would become one day as ubiquitous as the Prius, who had its fair share of controversies back when it was first released in 1997. In the US, the Mirai will be offered starting this autumn in California at a starting price of $58,325 and several state and federal incentives can lower it by up to $13,000.