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Toyota Mirai Involved in First Ever US Crash

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Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car crash safety

The 2016 Toyota Mirai

The Toyota Mirai is an exceptional vehicle. Next month, a handful of lucky drivers in California will finally get their hands on their own Mirai fuel cell vehicles, and hopefully the rest of the country won’t be too far behind. In preparation for the Mirai’s release, Toyota brought three prototypes to an event in Huntington Beach to allow people to test drive. Xbox AOL Director Randy Shaffer got to drive one, and made history by being in the very first crash involving a Mirai in the US.

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Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car interior crash safety

The car was hit in the right rear-tire panel by an older black BMW 5-Series, then in the section between the two hydrogen tanks by another Toyota driver. And… nothing happened. There were no exploding hydrogen tanks, and no one inside the vehicle was hurt. Shaffer commented that the car was hit right where his four-year-old son’s car seat would have been had he been along for the ride, but he would have been unscathed. So, if anything, this accident proves that the Mirai is just as safe—if not safer—than non-hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Toyota plans on selling just 3,000 Mirais by the end of 2017, and until the hydrogen refueling infrastructure is expanded, it’s unlikely we will see the sedans in other states anytime soon.

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News Source: Autoblog

  • Teresa WisemanContributor

    Teresa Wiseman has been involved with the auto industry, specifically Toyota, basically since she was born. Danville Toyota, the dealership Teresa works at, is a true family owned and operated business and they consider the other employees as well as their customers to be a part of that as well. Danville Toyota truly wants to give their customers the best experience possible and they look forward to continuing the growth and improvement of their practices into the future.

  • Bob_Wallace

    Teresa, that proves nothing. One can’t say anything based on a single crash. Let the testing organizations tell us whether the car is safer than other cars or now. (It wouldn’t be allowed to be sold if it wasn’t minimally safe.)

    And “lucky” drivers? Only as long as they don’t have to pay for fuel and as long as they can find a working hydrogen station when they need one. Toyota has said that it will cost 15 cents per mile to fuel the Mirai. A 30 mpg Toyota Camry burning $3/gallon gas costs 10 cents. A Toyota Prius costs 6 cents a mile.

  • Jasona Ev

    Exactly! have you seen the pics from this “exec”??? It’s like a small scratch or side swipe on the right rear. Must been a slow news day!

  • Mark Marky

    That is the ugliest car ever…Imports are always the oddest looking cars..