Toyota Sold Over 3,000 Mirai Units In California, Remains Committed To Fuel Cell Tech

After 3,000+ Mirai models were sold in California alone, the nameplate now accounts for more than 80% of all hydrogen fuel cell vehicles sold in the United States.

Unlike cars that employ traditional internal combustion engines or even petrol-electric hybrid tech, the Mirai creates electricity by using hydrogen, oxygen and a fuel cell, a process that emits nothing but water vapor into the atmosphere.

“Toyota remains at the forefront of developing and deploying hydrogen fuel cell technology, and we believe strongly in its potential to help realize a more sustainable and zero-emissions society,” said Toyota exec VP, Bob Carter.

“From our success in launching the Mirai to our work in building the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant, Toyota is proud to bring to market new uses for this versatile technology.”

The Mirai features an EPA estimated driving range of 312 miles (502 km) and 67 mpge city/highway/combined. According to Toyota, it takes just 5 minutes to refuel it.

Also, the Japanese automaker is committed to building a hydrogen-friendly society. Currently, 31 retail hydrogen stations are open in California, with an additional 12 stations projected to arrive this year in the Golden State. Meanwhile, Toyota is also building a new Tri-Gen facility at the Port of Long Beach that will use bio-waste gathered from the state’s agricultural industry in order to generate water, electricity and hydrogen – the latter will fuel all Toyota FCEVs moving through the port.

This will include both the Mirai sedan as well as the automaker’s Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck, also known as Project Portal.

more photos...
  • TheHake

    But why did they have to make it so INCREDIBLY ugly. Why???

  • Ary Wisesa

    Good job Toyota! I really like all tech advancement. Everything has a beginning, and this is a very good beginning of the fuel-cell tech. As for haters, well, what can Toyota do? Haters will always gonna hate anyway. And only the bravest and the most intelligent ones who dare to actually make their ideas into reality.

Want To See The C8 Corvette Up Close? Go To Detroit On July 27

If you’re not invited to the official unveiling, you can wait 9 days – but it’ll cost you 65 bucks.

Pickup Design Creates The Perfect Bike Rack For The Mercedes X-Class

The stylish rack comes with an appropriately, for a Benz, steep price – namely, $5.6k.

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Shooting Brake Hauls More Than Just Groceries Thanks To 415 HP

The high-performance wagon can rocket from 0-62 mph in just 4.0 seconds.

Buick’s Working On A New Crossover To Slot Between The Envision And Enclave

Buick is gearing up to launch its own version of the GMC Acadia and it could borrow the Envoy name.

2020 Subaru Legacy And Outback Get Minor Price Hike Ahead Of Their Launch This Fall

The redesigned models can be equipped with a new turbocharged engine that produces 260 hp.

Porsche Wants To Fight Carsickness With… VR Entertainment System?

The tech developed with start-up Holoride could become the in-car entertainment system of the future.

Lexus On Schedule To Launch Its Latest Autonomous Tech Next Year

Lexus also says that, moving forward, all of its models will be offered with electrified powertrains.

High-Performance Cadillac CT4- And CT5-V Could Use Carryover Engines

A new report suggests the cars will have a twin-turbo V6 and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.

Honda’s Working On Sporty Rear-Wheel Drive EVs With A 50:50 Weight Distribution

The company’s new BEV architecture will be launched by 2025 and underpin everything from crossovers to sedans.

Is The Subaru BRZ tS Making A Comeback In The U.S. For The 2020MY?

The tS was first introduced for the 2018 model year with visual changes and a sportier chassis .