All of the major Japanese automakers including Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have agreed to bolster an expanded fuel cell vehicle (FCV) refueling infrastructure in their home country—appropriately named the Joint Hydrogen Infrastructure Support Project.
As part of the partnership, the three manufacturers will subsidize one third of the annual operating expenses up to a maximum of 11 million yen (about $90,000) for any hydrogen refueling station that applies and is accepted into the program.
The Toyota Mirai, which has just been rated by the EPA at 67 MPGe and a 312-mile range, is already experiencing high demand. The country is expecting to have 6,000 FCVs on the road by 2020 and possibly even 100,000 just five years later, as more and more people become aware of the advantages of fuel cell vehicles and as the infrastructure to support them continues to expand.
Given a few years, we might even see the same progress in North America and, eventually, at Haddad Toyota!
We’ve known for a while now that the Toyota Mirai was going to be exciting, but none of the information regarding fuel efficiency and range was official—until now.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified that the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will have with a 312-mile driving range and 67 mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) for both city and highway driving. That means that Toyota’s original claim that the Toyota Mirai range would go at least 300 miles before needing a hydrogen refill was accurate.
These numbers are important in a market seeking clean transportation solutions. The majority of 100% electric vehicles don’t have the batteries to go very far, and even those that do still need to recharge for several hours before being good to go again. With a 312-mile driving range and 67 MPGe, the Mirai surpasses the Hyundai Tucson fuel cell’s 265 mile range and 50 MPGe. It even passes the Tesla Model S 85D’s 270 mile range!