Californians able to request a Toyota Mirai from next week

Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Tim Brown
The 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan arriving in the US - image courtesy of Toyota.
The 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan arriving in the US - image courtesy of Toyota.

In less than a week (July 20) Californian customers will be able to request their own Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

The Mirai uses no gasoline and emits nothing but water vapor.  It’s the only zero emission electric vehicle on the market that tops the 300 mile range milestone (an EPA estimated driving range rating of 312 miles, to be exact) and offers an EPA estimated 67 mpge city/highway/combined.

In just one week, on July 20, California trailblazers can request their very own Mirai by visiting www.toyota.com/mirai.  All requests will be made through www.toyota.com/mirai.  Eligible customers will ultimately choose one of the eight authorised California dealers for Mirai delivery.  After placing a request, potential Toyota Mirai drivers will be contacted directly by a Toyota representative to explore the possibility of Mirai ownership.

Only a limited number of Toyota Mirai vehicles will be available for this initial release and Toyota has yet to announce the price for involvement and states on its website that anyone interested should contact their Authorised Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Dealers for payment requirements. Adding that some dealers may require a deposit to place an order.

But ownership of a Toyota Mirai will have its privileges including three years’ worth of complimentary fuel , three years of 24/7 customer call support and 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on key fuel cell vehicle components.

At the same time as this historic launch of the world’s first publically available hydgrogen car, Toyota is undertaking its Ever-Better Expedition, the US leg of which kicked off last week.

The Ever-Better Expedition, also known as the Five Continents Driving Project, is a global initiative designed to support and unite Toyota’s 330,000 team members worldwide in their mission to deliver ever-better vehicles. It is hoped e scheme will allow Toyota engineers and other team members to connect directly with customers; experience the products the company designs, engineers, manufactures and sells; and gather new ideas to inspire future innovations.

The first leg of the tour took place in Australia, where for 72 days and more than 12,500 miles (20,115km), 50 engineers drove vehicles cross-country, taking on the diverse and rugged terrain of the outback. The result was a deeper insight and understanding for engineers of their products.

Over the course of 110 days and 16,500 miles, the North America Expedition is tackling some of the continent’s most challenging driving environments, from the summer heat of California’s Death Valley to the icy roads of an Alaskan winter, and from the steep ascent of Pikes Peak in Colorado to the urban congestion of New York City. Along the way, the Expedition is visiting Daytona Beach, Route 66, Toyota manufacturing and research facilities, and the highways, avenues and back streets that customers across North America use every day.