2015 Toyota Mirai – fresh cost information as well as specs
Toyota has increased the production plans for the Mirai
Toyota confirms that will the hydrogen-powered Mirai will come to the UK in limited numbers
The Toyota Mirai is actually already available to order in Japan, as well as arrives in Europe as well as the US in summer 2015. The outside styling was revealed at the LA motor show, as well as the European-spec Inner surface will be shown at the Geneva motor show in March 2015.
Toyota says the showroom cost for Western markets has yet to be decided, partly because the item does not know what, if any, government subsidies will be available for the Mirai. the item has suggested that will the item will cost around €66,000 plus local taxes in Europe. This specific will work out at an on-sale cost of around £60,000 from the UK.
the item is actually a standalone several-door, four-seat hatchback type that will offers a boot capacity of around 360 litres. Final specification for Europe is actually not yet confirmed, although the item is actually likely to come with climate control, a rear parking camera, satellite-navigation, LED headlights as well as man-made leather upholstery. The safety kit is actually likely to include a pre-crash system, an adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning as well as lane-change assist.
Initial demand for the Mirai has meant Toyota has announced its plans to improve production over the coming years. The company will produce around 700 Mirais This specific year, followed by around 2000 in 2016 as well as approximately 3000 in 2017. The increase has come as a result of initial sales success in Japan – around 1500 orders were placed from the first month of the automobile being available. The increase in production is actually also to cope with the planned launch from the USA as well as Europe later This specific year.
Initially, just 11 cars are heading for the UK, being handed over to select fleet customers for assessment. the item is actually expected that will as many as 50 cars will be imported to the UK in 2016.
This specific is actually a similar strategy adopted by Toyota with the UK launch of the original Prius in late-2000, where initial imports were in modest numbers. President as well as Managing Director of Toyota GB, Paul Van der Burgh confirmed the plan, admitting that will the item is actually not expecting an overnight success.
“We’re on a learning curve” he admitted. “The infrastructure has to grow as well as the expectation is actually, that will by getting real experience on that will we will get faster. We do see the item (Mirai) as a car of the future as well as we do expect exponential growth to happen, although before that will we need the right conditions. The infrastructure is actually not there at the moment, although if you wait for the infrastructure, you’ll never learn anything.
“You need government as well as our infrastructure partners aligned with what we are trying to do. In Japan, for example, hydrogen has had huge support, as well as that will has allowed the technology to accelerate.”
The Mirai is actually the culmination of two decades of research by Toyota. The production edition of the saloon car, which seats four as well as offers a range of 300 miles by 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 actually understood to be around 135bhp, Toyota producing comparisons to a typical petrol-engined family saloon, as well as a refuel of the hydrogen tanks takes around three minutes.
The most recent concept edition was at the Tokyo motor show in 2013, as well as the production edition has stayed remarkably similar to the item.
Toyota believes the item can popularise hydrogen as a fuel just as the item has pioneered hybrid technology from the past 16 years. However, there is actually a modest although very vocal opposition from the US to the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel because much of today’s hydrogen is actually 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 automobile, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda said: “We are at a turning point in automotive history. A turning point where people will embrace a fresh, environmentally friendly car that will is actually a pleasure to drive.
“A turning point where a four-door sedan can travel 300 miles on 1 tank of hydrogen, can be refuelled in under several minutes as well as emit only water vapour. A turning point that will represents many years as well as countless hours of work by our team to create a car that will redefines the industry.
“All of us at Toyota believe in a future that will will be safer, greener as well as easier for everyone. We imagined a world filled with vehicles that will would certainly diminish our dependence on oil as well as reduce harm to the environment. the item was a bold, although inspiring goal as well as today the item is actually a reality.
“Our fuel cell vehicle runs on hydrogen that will can be made by virtually anything, even garbage. the item features a fuel cell that will creates enough electricity to power a house for about a week.
“This specific is actually a car that will lets you develop the item all with no compromises. As a test driver, I knew This specific fresh fuel cell vehicle had to be truly fun to drive – as well as believe me, the item is actually. the item features a low centre of gravity, which gives the item very dynamic handling.
“After surviving millions of miles on the test track as well as 10 years of testing on public roads in freezing cold as well as scorching heat, after passing extensive crash tests, as well as after working with local governments as well as researchers around the globe to help make sure the item is actually easy as well as convenient to refuel, we are ready to deliver.”
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