Having starting sales late 2015, the 2016 Toyota Mirai stands out as the first fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle (FCHEV) designed for public sale in North America region. It is really a a big deal because the technology has been struggling in the background for a couple of decades, but now, Toyota feels right and comfortable to be selling it outright.
Similar development has been made on the refueling direction. There are now a small but growing number of retail hydrogen filling stations in the most major populated areas of California.
A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is propelled by an electric motor, but it does not replenish its on-board battery by plugging it into an electrical outlet. Rather, a device in the car called a fuel cell generates electricity. It does this by fostering a chemical reaction between compressed hydrogen gas stored in onboard tanks and oxygen from the surrounding air thus only emission is pure water.
In practice, a car like the Mirai drives with the same low end torque and quiet smoothness of a conventional battery-only electric vehicle. However hydrogen fuel cell vehicles get a handful of practical advantages. In relationship to refueling time and driving range, a fuel cell car is comparable to an ordinary gasoline vehicle. It requires just five minutes refilling the Mirai’s reinforced carbon fiber tanks with about 5 kilograms of hydrogen. The EPA estimates that that’s good to allow the Mirai to drive 312 miles, which is farther than any present electric car on the market or in her class.
Options, Features and Pricing
getting to configure the 2016 Toyota Mirai is pretty easy. It’s given in just a single trim level, and everything is given standard. Some carries a sticker rate of $58,335.
There are packages. Toyota gives $7,500 in Trailblazer Purchase Support, while the federal government presents an $8,000 tax credit and the state of California gives a $5,000 rebate. All of these sum up to $20,500.
Added incentive is that the Mirai is let into carpool lanes, and the first 1095days of hydrogen fuel are actually complimentary. The Mirai is beginning to get a lot more attraction now.
The bird lands as a well-appointed front wheel drive sedan that drives like a Toyota Avalon, though slightly narrower. The seats are made of leather; however the hidden fuel cell unit components reduce the backseat to a pair of buckets and a center console. The Toyota’s top-level “Entune system’’ with navigation comes standard with a dual-zone automatic climate control too. Safety features such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are also inclusive in the package.
It true that the birds operating tech is still in its early days. Basically because, the number of publicly available stations has only just increased a bit, and Mirai sales are restricted to buyers who live and work in the parts of California those stations serve. However new hydrogen stations are springing to meet up with regularity and this should quickly increase the car’s practicality and distance of operation.
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