2016 Toyota Mirai Features — Green Technology and Three Years of Free Fuel

The 2016 Toyota Mirai, a production version of the fuel cell concept the Toyota FCV, will be released in the fall 2015. Using the Japanese word Mirai (meaning: future), the automaker has clearly stated that the fuel cell technology is an important part of their plans. Those who are lucky enough to live in the regions with hydrogen stations and brave enough to try something new might probably give the 2016 Mirai a try. Since the technology is still new and there’s a lot of skepticism about fuel cell vehicles, the 2016 Toyota Mirai probably won’t sell many models. Even the people at Toyota don’t expect amazing sales. The Mirai will be manufactured in the Japanese Motomachi plant where 700 units per year will leave the assembly lines. Working on the future of the green cars, the automaker has decided to build new hydrogen stations in cooperation with the specialist firms on both east and west coast. The 2016 Toyota Mirai will have a driving range of approximately 300 miles which is great, but the technology has to be popularized and the hydrogen availability must be improved.

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle

Unique and Futuristic Design

The appearance of the production model won’t be very different from the FCV concept. Its futuristic style probably won’t leave you indifferent. It seems that you’d either hate it or just adore it. The unconventional style isn’t an incident. There’s a careful consideration behind the design language. The 2016 Toyota Mirai is an example of a new technology and a representation of how the cars might look one day. The initial plan probably was to display how a chunk of the future would look like on the roads today. If you remember the first generation of the Toyota Prius, which was revolutionary back then, they did the same thing with the 2016 Mirai. Naturally, the interior was crafted in a similar manner. A lot of unconventional lines and the advanced technology are what makes the cabin of the 2016 Toyota Mirai so special.

2016 Toyota Mirai Exterior

2016 Toyota Mirai Powertrain, Specs and Driving Range

Of course, the most important facet of the green car is its powertrain. The 2016 Toyota Mirai will have a fuel cell stack which delivers 3.1 kW per liter of hydrogen. It will be rated at 153 horsepower which isn’t a power output that can grant you to win a street race, but just enough for decent nine seconds of 0-60 mph acceleration. After all, this car runs on hydrogen and emits water vapors. As we already said, the 2016 Mirai will have 300 miles of driving range with a full tank of hydrogen. The refueling takes just five minutes.

PTO Device

Recently, Honda announced that their fuel cell vehicle, the Honda FCV, will come with a device which can transfer the electricity produced by the fuel cell powertrain to the external appliances. The 2016 Toyota Mirai is coming with its own version of the adapter which can help you power numerous devices. Called the PTO (power take off) device, it doesn’t come as a standard feature. According to the automaker, the Mirai’s fuel cell stack can provide enough energy to power the basic appliances of a house for a week. Of course, this won’t be something an average driver would use every day, but it’s a very useful feature in case of natural disasters, which is the original intention behind the PTO’s development.

2016 Toyota Mirai FCV

2016 Toyota Mirai Price, Incentives, Lease and Three Years of Complimentary Fuel

As we already said, the 2016 Toyota Mirai will be released during the fall 2015. The pricing was announces, so we know that the fuel cell sedan will cost $57,500. If you choose a lease option, it will cost you $3,649 at signing and 36 monthly installments of $499. However, the federal and state incentives will significantly decrease the price, so the 2016 Mirai will actually cost less than $45,000. To make the offer impossible to refuse, the automaker will provide three years of free hydrogen, three years of maintenance and round-the-clock wallet service with roadside assistance.

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