2017 Toyota Mirai
The 2017 Toyota Mirai has a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with a starting price of $57,500. It’s available in a choice of 6 colors including Crystal White, Atmospheric Blue and Salsa Red. The Mirai comes with 3 years worth of free fuel and it only takes about 5 minutes to refuel although there are limited fueling stations.
How does a hydrogen-powered vehicle work? Hydrogen is pumped into the vehicle and stored in carbon-fiber reinforced fuel tanks. The Mirai’s front intake grills bring in air from the outside to the fuel cell stack. Hydrogen mixes with the air in the fuel cell stack. This creates a chemical reaction which creates electricity and powers the vehicle. The only remaining byproduct of this process is water which leaves through the tailpipe.
The range for the 2017 Mirai is around 300 miles. It has an estamated fuel economy of 67/67 mpg for city/highway driving. The Mirai has a top speed of 108 mph and can reach 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds.
The Mirai is not the prettiest vehicle on the roads and some drivers may not like the exterior design. The Mirai is only sold in California and the number of fueling stations will depend on how quickly the hydrogen fueling infrastructure is rolled out across the country.
The 2017 Mirai has poor acceleration and you may struggle to overtake other vehicles on the road. There are certainly faster and less expensive options on the market. The main draw card for the Mirai is the fact that the only emissions are water, making this the cleanest vehicle on the market.
The seats are comfortable although there are only four of them. Adding a fifth passenger would lower the maximum range. It’s powered by a 114-kilowatt fuel cell that is equivalent to 153 horsepower. Acceleration from 0-60 mpg is about 9 seconds although the Mirai will struggle to accelerate above that speed.
Toyota are giving buyers three years worth of hydrogen fuel for free. This is in an attempt to bring more Mirai owners onto the roads and push the demand for hydrogen fueling stations. The fate of the Mirai and other hydrogen fueled cars will depend on the availablity of these stations.