It seems like all-electric vehicles are only just beginning to really weasel their way into the general automobile population.
And now Toyota already plans to stir the pot with their new “zero emission” vehicle: the Mirai.
The Mirai is a huge step forward in automotive technology because of its hydrogen fuel cell.
You fill up your “tank” (fuel cell) with hydrogen and off you go. The car slowly mixes the hydrogen with oxygen and creates an electro-chemical reaction that powers your vehicle. The only waste product is pure water vapor. (Yes, it’s pure enough to drink, though it apparently tastes funny and isn’t recommended.)
Toyota plans to sell about 3,000 of the cars in the U.S. through 2017, though initially the car will only be available from California dealerships starting this October.
The cars will only be available at eight dealerships throughout the Golden State because those locations know a thing or two about selling “advanced technology” vehicles. But mainly, it’s because California already has a budding hydrogen infrastructure.
Toyota needed to sell their car in a state that had hydrogen refueling stations close enough together that you wouldn’t be constantly running out of fuel.
The cars will be available at:
Northern California: San Francisco Toyota, Stevens Creek Toyota, Roseville Toyota, and Toyota of Sunnyvale.
Southern California: Toyota Santa Monica, Longo Toyota, Tustin Toyota, and Toyota of Orange.
What’s craziest about all of this is the fact that Toyota is willing to throw in free hydrogen for up to three years. Sure, the car starts at $57,500 but after state and federal tax credits, the price climbs much lower to about $45,000.
Production is limited and Toyota will be placing vehicles with “select, eligible customers.” That means if you want one, you have to go to Toyota’s website and request one.
They’re only making 200 units to start, so check out their website for more details on how to eventually order a Mirai.
Check out this video if you want to learn a little more about this advanced vehicle: