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Toyota Shows Off Mirai Fuel Cell Car at Frankfurt Motor Show

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The Toyota Mirai will be sold in the UK, Germany, Belgium, and Denmark

The 2016 Toyota Mirai is one of the most exciting new releases in the automotive world this year. Despite the fact that the North American model will only be for sale in certain regions of California at first, enthusiasts are buzzing about the vehicle that’s powered entirely by hydrogen and emits only water vapor. Recently at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota launched the Mirai to the European market.

While the Japanese automaker expects to sell 3,000 units in the US by the end of 2017, those figures are much more modest in Europe. Toyota will offer the sedan for sale in Britain, Denmark, Belgium, and Germany—the only countries with existing or planned hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Across these four countries, the brand hopes to move between 50 and 100 Mirais by the end of 2016, and has already taken orders for 47.

Drivers in Germany will have to pay 66,000 Euros for the hydrogen-powered car, which comes out to approximately $74,134 with today’s exchange rates. Here in the US, that price is significantly lower, at $57,500, and comes with a California state rebate of $5,000.

Toyota hopes that once hydrogen stations become more widespread, it’ll be able to offer the vehicle at a much more affordable price by the middle of the next decade. However, with other automakers being slow to adapt hydrogen technology, it’s possible that it’ll be much longer than that before you see your average Joe driving a Mirai down the street.

News Source: US News & World Report

  • George Kafantaris

    There is no electric grid around that can sustain the tremendous load of charging thousands of electric cars day after day. If electric cars were here today and had fast charging batteries, their power draw on the grid would be so high they would put the lights out — leaving us all in the dark.
    But hydrogen cars store their energy in the fuel molecules themselves — eliminating the need to transfer huge amounts of raw power all at once. This distinction alone makes hydrogen the only workable solution for mass transportation. The battery car folks got it wrong — and they are steering us wrong.

    • Daniel

      Although I agree that hydrogen is a fantastic solution for alternative energy (especially since the infrastructure could theoretically be added to existing gas stations), I’m afraid that I disagree with you about electricity, George.
      I would think that, should the majority of people wake up tomorrow and buy electric cars and the current amount of electricity generated was insufficient, the people who own electric companies would start expanding their operations and generate more electricity. Really, a lot of people needing a lot more electricity would be music to their ears, because that would mean more money in their pockets (not to mention that they would need to keep ahead of their competition, who would probably be happy to provide the increased electricity).
      Personally, I wouldn’t mind cars going either direction. While battery-powered cars are cool, they take a while to charge, and there is something appealing in a vehicle that quickly takes in hydrogen and puts out only water.

    • James

      Glad to see someone writing using their common sense instead of paid commentators. Two other factors that will ensure the Mirais’s success are the quick refuelling time and the superior range compared to EVs. Even if the recharging time was brought was brought down to say 10mins using so called superchargers, if there are multiple vehciles entering a recharging vehicle with limited recharging bays, the waiting time will just be too long for EVs. Then, the first generation Mirai has already beaten EVs’ range. Future generations will no doubt keep improving.