$58K Toyota Mirai FCV Goes The Distance, Literally


Toyota is touting the crazy long range and fuel economy numbers for its $58,000 Mirai FCV which goes on sale in the U.S. soon. Tuesday, the automaker gave out the official numbers. The Mirai will get a U.S. range of 312 miles between refueling stops and is rated at 67 MPGe on the EPA test cycle. That fuel economy is better than any gasoline-fueled car on sale in the U.S., including Toyota’s own Prius hybrid.

The Mirai, already on sale in Japan, hits the California market this fall. It’s base price is $58,325 before incentives. The fuel cell vehicle gets its power via hydrogen gas that’s sent through an electrochemical fuel cell which powers an electric motor.

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz announced the EPA-estimated performance figures at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

“Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” said Lentz. “Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly twenty years ago, the Mirai is now poised to usher in a new era of efficient, hydrogen transportation.”

Mirai is the only zero emission electric vehicle on the market that tops the 300 mile range milestone. It even tops anything in the Tesla lineup. The longest-range version of the Model S, the 85D, has a 270 mile range on a full charge of its 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The four-door Mirai is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. Toyota would like to sell about 3,000 of them by the end of 2017. Right now, they are available to pre-order at only eight dealerships in California. The Mirai arrive in October.

You can check out Toyota’s behind the scenes video of Mirai production below. It gives an overview of the production line as well as the parts selection process located close to the assembly line..

Photo Credit: Toyota
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