Toyota Will Launch Second-Generation Mirai FCV In 2020

Toyota has confirmed that it will launch a second-generation version of the Toyota Mirai despite the slow sales of the fuel-cell vehicle.

Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada confirmed that the second-generation Mirai will launch in 2020 while speaking at an international ministerial meeting on hydrogen energy in Tokyo earlier this week, Reuters reports.

CNET spoke with Toyota directly and received confirmation that a new Mirai is indeed in the works, but the automaker failed to specify an exact date. It is reasonable to assume that the new vehicle would first be sold in Japan before being launching in other markets early next decade.

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

The Mirai has only ever sold low numbers in the United States. This is primarily due to the fact that it is only available in California and Hawaii and to those who live or work close enough to a hydrogen refueling station. CNET reports that there are only a couple dozen hydrogen stations in California and just one where the FCV can be topped up in Hawaii.

The automaker says it wants to launch the Mirai in other areas of the United States including the Northeast, where it’s building adequate hydrogen infrastructure.

A promising new rival to Toyota’s advanced fuel-cell vehicle landed on U.S. shores late last year in the form of the Hyundai Nexo. It has a base price of $58,300, undercutting the Mirai by a mere $65, and owners are provided with up to $13,000 worth of hydrogen refuelling cards that can be used within the first three years of ownership.

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  • HD

    Waste of money.

  • I miss my old Prius… great car, fast too. I did beat a old old E90 335i!

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    It has a base price of $58,300, undercutting the Mirai by a mere $65, and owners are provided with up to $13,000 worth of hydrogen refuelling cards that can be used within the first three years of ownership.
    Couldn’t they just make it cheaper?

    • xrnzaaas

      Because it’s a costly technology that’s still very niche? It’s more like an achievement that they could make such a car, no one’s expecting big sales numbers.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        But why then give $13,000 worth of Hydrogen cards?

  • nellydesign

    Per Toyota:
    “The next iteration will be even uglier!”

    • Emoto

      Supra Design Team: Nobody can make an uglier car than us!

      Mirai Design Team: Hold my sake…

  • TheBelltower

    Just a different way for industry to sell you tanks of stuff for the rest of your life.

  • Emoto

    I would so much rather see fuel cell cars than “electric” cars. Seems like a MUCH better solution.

    • Alduin

      HFC is the BEST solution to EV’s,plus you don’t have to worry about battery depletion or having to charge it.

  • Alduin

    This could’ve been a pretty successful car if Toyota didn’t make it so damn ugly and pricey. I’m pulling for HFC (Hydrogen Fuel Cell) to work out.

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