2015 Toyota Mirai – cost information, specs along with UK arrival
Toyota has increased the production plans for the Mirai
Toyota’s first delivery of the hydrogen-powered Mirai has arrived inside the UK
The Toyota Mirai is usually already available to order in Japan, along with arrives in Europe along with the US in summer 2015. The first few examples arrived inside the UK on the second week of August to prepare for the product’s official launch in September.
Toyota says the showroom cost for Western markets has yet to be decided, partly because of which does not know what, if any, government subsidies will be available for the Mirai. of which has suggested of which of which will cost around €66,000 plus local taxes in Europe. This kind of will work out at an on-sale cost of around £60,000 inside the UK.
of which is usually a standalone a few-door, four-seat hatchback product of which offers a boot capacity of around 360 litres. Final specification for Europe is usually not yet confirmed, nevertheless of which is usually likely to come with climate control, a rear parking camera, satellite-navigation, LED headlights along with man-made leather upholstery. The safety kit is usually likely to include a pre-crash system, an adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning along with lane-change assist.
Initial demand for the Mirai has meant Toyota has announced its plans to boost production over the coming years. The company will produce around 700 Mirais This kind of year, followed by around 2000 in 2016 along with approximately 3000 in 2017. The increase has come as a result of initial sales success in Japan – around 1500 orders were placed inside the first month of the auto being available. The increase in production is usually also to cope with the planned launch inside the USA along with Europe later This kind of year.
Initially, just 11 cars are heading for the UK, being handed over to select fleet customers for assessment. of which is usually expected of which as many as 50 cars will be imported to the UK in 2016.
This kind of is usually a similar strategy adopted by Toyota with the UK launch of the original Prius in late-2000, where initial imports were in smaller numbers. President along with Managing Director of Toyota GB, Paul Van der Burgh confirmed the plan, admitting of which of which is usually not expecting an overnight success.
“We’re on a learning curve” he admitted. “The infrastructure has to grow along with the expectation is usually, of which by getting real experience on of which we will get faster. We do see of which (Mirai) as a car of the future along with we do expect exponential growth to happen, nevertheless before of which we need the right conditions. The infrastructure is usually not there at the moment, nevertheless if you wait for the infrastructure, you’ll never learn anything.
“You need government along with our infrastructure partners aligned with what we are trying to do. In Japan, for example, hydrogen has had huge support, along with of which has allowed the technology to accelerate.”
The Mirai is usually the culmination of two decades of research coming from Toyota. The production variation of the saloon car, which seats four along with offers a range of 300 miles coming from its twin high-pressue hydrogen tanks (700bar/70MPa) stored under the floor, was revealed at the recent Paris motor show
The hydrogen tanks fuel a fuel cell, which powers a permanent magnet electric motor to drive the front wheels. The Mirai emits only water vapour at the tailpipe. Power for the system is usually understood to be around 135bhp, Toyota creating comparisons to a typical petrol-engined family saloon, along that has a refuel of the hydrogen tanks takes around three minutes.
The most recent concept variation was at the Tokyo motor show in 2013, along with the production variation has stayed remarkably similar to of which.
Toyota believes of which can popularise hydrogen as a fuel just as of which has pioneered hybrid technology inside the past 16 years. However, there is usually a smaller nevertheless very vocal opposition inside the US to the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel because much of today’s hydrogen is usually made by ‘steam reforming’ methane gas. Tesla boss Elon Musk has already called fuel cells “a load of rubbish”.
The name Mirai means ‘future’ in Japanese. In a speech announcing the name of the auto, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda said: “We are at a turning point in automotive history. A turning point where people will embrace a completely new, environmentally friendly car of which is usually a pleasure to drive.
“A turning point where a four-door sedan can travel 300 miles on just one tank of hydrogen, can be refuelled in under a few minutes along with emit only water vapour. A turning point of which represents many years along with countless hours of work by our team to create a car of which redefines the industry.
“All of us at Toyota believe in a future of which will be safer, greener along with easier for everyone. We imagined a world filled with vehicles of which would likely diminish our dependence on oil along with reduce harm to the environment. of which was a bold, nevertheless inspiring goal along with today of which is usually a reality.
“Our fuel cell vehicle runs on hydrogen of which can be made coming from virtually anything, even garbage. of which carries a fuel cell of which creates enough electricity to power a house for about a week.
“This kind of is usually a car of which lets you have of which all with no compromises. As a test driver, I knew This kind of completely new fuel cell vehicle had to be truly fun to drive – along with believe me, of which is usually. of which carries a low centre of gravity, which gives of which very dynamic handling.
“After surviving millions of miles on the test track along with 10 years of testing on public roads in freezing cold along with scorching heat, after passing extensive crash tests, along with after working with local governments along with researchers around the planet to help make sure of which is usually easy along with convenient to refuel, we are ready to deliver.”
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