2015 Toyota Mirai – the Hydrogen Car of the Future


2015 Toyota Mirai

Meet the recently revealed 2015 Toyota Mirai FCV. That’s the name Toyota is giving the new, forward-looking hydrogen fuel cell sedan it will begin selling next year for around $69,000 in Japan and California, before rolling it out to other markets.

The name Toyota chose for its new ZEV, Mirai, is reported to mean “future” in Japanese- and follows the Toyota naming scheme first introduced by the Prius. According to Bloomberg, the Prius name was inspired by a phrase in Latin meaning “to go before”, and illustrates that the successful hybrid model range – which now includes a compact sedan, a subcompact hatch, and a small people-mover – was always meant to be “a long bridge” from the present world of internal combustion to a future of … well, of hydrogen, I guess.

Toyota hasn’t confirmed the name, officially, but the company has trademarked “Toyota Mirai” in the US, at least.

We’ll have more on the 2015 Toyota Mirai – whether or not that’s what the new hydrogen fuel cell car is eventually called – as we have it. Until then, you can let us know what you think of hydrogen’s future as a fuel in the comments, below. Enjoy!


Source: Bloomberg.

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  • Wiggletoes

    Hydrogen’s future as a
    fuel should begin with the 2nd generation fuel cell (nanoflowcell)
    so the 300 plus mile range, 300,000 mile life of the generator, 3 times efficiency,
    at mass production cost of a conventional engine is available today. So hydrogen fuel begets electric motor drive which
    begets regenerative braking for 4 times efficiency, but add 25% motor for each
    wheel and that begets torque vectoring all of which is available today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IElqf-FCMs8.

    • zn

      That’s a cool video, although that last bit about lighter batteries being a decade away seems a little pessimistic. Thanks for the embed.

  • Try Finding Me

    Fuel cells are already outdated by BEV. Toyota is making compliance cars.

  • Burnerjack

    It sounds good. Except for that whole “chicken and egg? thing. You need enough cars in circulation to merit the refueling infrastructure build out. You need enough refueling infrastructure to merit the purchase of said cars. Of course, multifuel primary catalyzers to bridge the gap might work but that’s more complexity, hence more failure modes.

    • Toyota, Honda, and Nissan are investing heavily in hydrogen infrastructure, which can use existing gas station sites.

      • Steve Grinwis

        That’s part of the problem. Toyota, Nissan, and Honda invest heavily, get a dozen hydrogen fueling stations, in a handful of countries. Tiny company invests moderately, gets international charging network. Tesla will have the market cornered for a fraction of the cost, before the hydrogen refueling infrastructure could be built…

        You say don’t get against Toyota? I say, don’t get against Musk.

        • Toyota certainly hasn’t bet against Musk!

          • Steve Grinwis

            Toyota is betting against bev’s.

            Isn’t that the same thing?

          • I don’t think so. If Tesla profits, so does Toyota, no? It’s passive money, too, in the sense that Toyota makes some $ for every Tesla sold, which allows them to follow a totally different path without risking a loss of that profit center.

            Besides, the US is not Toyota’s most important market. That, and that oil companies and distributors are backing hydrogen as well (because their existing infrastructure can be used).

            That said, I’m making a TON of assumptions there that may all be BS.

        • Also: how much do you love saying “Musk”? LOL!

          • Steve Grinwis

            It has a certain…. Scent..

          • BAM! I am officially a fan of Steve Grinwis, now.

  • Steve Hanley

    $70,000!?!?!? Who in their right mind is going to shell out $70,000 for a car when there is no place to refill it? There are 120,000 gas stations in North America. There are 30 hydrogen refueling stations.

    It might help if the car was attractively styled like the Tesla Model S, but this looks like a bad imitation of Darth Vader’s helmet.

    I’m all for clean tech cars, but I have absolutely zero interest in this thing. Swing and a miss, Toyota. : (

    • A few years ago *I* was saying the same thing about the Tesla. Granted, the Teslas had the edge on styling, but this fluid, Power Ranger style is big in Japan and China, and that’s really where the car needs to be successful.

      As with Tesla (which was supported, early on, by Toyota’s investment) and the Prius (which I still think is stupid- either get an EV, or get a light, efficient ICE car) I’ve learned not to bet against Toyota.

      • AaronD12

        At least you *can* refill the Tesla at any 120V outlet. Refilling the Mirai is going to be a lot more difficult.

  • MB

    The article summary in my Gas2.0 daily email mentioned it as a mainstream car?
    How is it a mainstream car at $70K?

    Its just another non-mainstream/expensive clean car, with lot of fueling infrastructure still to be developed. Hydrogen car makers need to release a sub $35K car before the Leaf 2.0, Volt 2.0 and Tesla Model 3, etc are released to have a fair chance.

    • It’s half the cost of a similar Honda Clarity, and about $20K less than the Tesla Model S, which outsold cars like the Toyota Yaris, Mitsubishi Mirage, etc. last year, so … what’s mainstream, if not what sells?

      • MB

        I am surprised you call Tesla Model S a mainstream car when Musk himself would not consider a mainstream car, and is really looking forward to coming out with the Model 3.

        As for numbers to compare, please consider the Toyota Corollas or Honda Civics as mainstream cars (more than 250,000 of those were sold last year)

        • Again, what defines mainstream? Phillips makes an MP3 player for $20, yet it’s handily outsold by the $49 iPod shuffle. So … what’s mainstream? I think the error in your thinking is believing that mainstream = price.

          • MB

            Well Tesla Model S is the mainstream for the rich. And by that you are making the word ‘mainstream’ very relative, which by now I have understood.

            Normal mainstream is cars which can be bought by the masses (or almost anyone). If $70,000 cars could be bought by everyone there would not be <$30K cars. People who buy $70K plus cars are not the masses (that is normal mainstream). Lets not dilute the mainstream word.

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