A car manufacturer so confident in their model’s fuel efficiency, Toyota just announced that for purchasers of their new Mirai sedan, the company is willing to pay for the first two years of hydrogen fuel. Mirai—which is the Japanese word for “future”—is the newest model by Toyota to roll off the assembly line and into showrooms. The car will be released in the U.S. in December 2015 in limited quantities and then next year production is scheduled to double.
Be the first on your block to own this smart looking, fun to drive vehicle, Toyota’s first foray into the fuel cell vehicle market. Only the second Japanese car manufacturer to bring hydrogen fuel cell technology to the US market, Toyota is hoping this new fuel efficient model will outsell the Prius over the next decade. Honda was the first Japanese car maker to introduce a hydrogen vehicle, the Clarity, which became available in the Southern California test market in 2014.
The Mirai is a 300 mile range, ZERO emissions car. It sports a space age interior with a large monitor that serves as the main communication portal for virtually everything concerning the vehicle. Its powerful fuel cell is strong enough to produce electricity to power an entire house for a full week. Toyota reports that the hydrogen fuel the car needs to run could be made out of anything—even garbage! The Mirai’s only emission is water vapor—pretty amazing.
For those who are ecologically minded and want to step into something very economical, the Mirai may just be the right fit for you.