The 2016 Toyota Mirai is on of the first produced hydrogen-powered vehicles that will become the future of automotive industry. In fact, “Mirai” in its name means “future” in Japanese which speaks for itself. Apart from its hefty price tag (more on that later), its main disadvantage might be undeveloped infrastructure, but this is supposed to be addressed in next few years.
Fuel Cell Technology, Engine, Specs
So, how does the 2016 Toyota Mirai FCV work? Hydrogen, which is stored in couple of carbon fiber-reinforced high-pressure tanks comes into touch with oxygen that comes into Mirai through open-mouth air intake at its front. This reaction creates electricity which powers AC synchronous electric motor producing 153 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Other than that, this sedan features somewhat outdated nickel-metal-hydride battery pack which is used to capture kinetic power from regenerative braking.
After all this, Toyota’s most complex powertrain only produces a little bit of water vapor instead of other types of emissions, making it friendly to the environment. Japanese state that the car is capable of reaching top speed of 111 miles per hour. While we don’t know exact EPA numbers, nor will EPA be able to rate Mirai in traditional fashion, we do know that the car is rather fuel-efficient and emission-free. It can travel up to 300 miles on single fill-up which takes around 5 minutes.
Exterior and Interior Design
The 2016 Toyota Mirai is beyond futuristic in its design. This doesn’t mean that the car is awkward, however. It seems that Japanese had managed to find the right combination of sophistication and contemporary features. Frontal fascia gets a large lower air intake and even larger side intakes, but these are needed for interior air flow, remember? Floating hood manages to ruin the picture slightly, but handsome thin headlamps fix things up. Hydrogen car gets an arching roofline and, otherwise, uninspiring midsection, but it also gets unconventional overhang. Inverted triangular tail-lights are positioned off the tailgate and are connected by a straight light bridge, cut in half by blue Toyota’s ironmark.
Interior is similarly executed as its exterior. Even though materials aren’t as prolific as expected, considering sedan’s hefty price tag, cabin layout is more than contemporary. For starters, both instrument panel and angled central tunnel get touch-sensitive controls. There are no buttons and knobs here at all. Silver accents compose an X-like shape which carries over to the center stack, while dashboard gets another cluster with driver information display. All in all, it can easily be said that the 2016 Toyota Mirai features no less than three screens. Otherwise, it should offer pretty much standard set of available features including some advanced safety ones as well. Still, it won’t offer neither groundbreaking long list of features, nor luxury options.
2016 Toyota Mirai Price, Release Date
The 2016 Toyota Mirai is a fine futuristic hydrogen-powered sedan which has a bright future ahead of it. Still, it will have to wait on its “five minutes of glory” as hydrogen car infrastructure is rather undeveloped at this time. Even price tag could be forgiven, but most people won’t dare to buy a car which they might not be able to fill at certain point. Mentioning the price tag, the FCV sedan will cost $57,500 without including all the fees. Toyota started taking orders this summer, while the actual release date will be in late 2015.