- - Sunday, July 12, 2015

For folks looking for the next big thing, look toward the Toyota Mirai, a vehicle that Toyota folks say has “officially proven itself as the future of mobility.”

During the recent Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz announced that Mirai offers an EPA-estimated 67 miles per gallon city/highway/combined and the new vehicle is set to hit dealerships this fall in California.

The Toyota Mirai is the only zero emission electric vehicle on the market to top a 300 mile range.  In fact, so far this hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle is setting records with 312 miles, which equals the longest driving range of any zero emission vehicle available.

“Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” said Mr. Lentz.  “Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly 20 years ago, the Mirai is now poised to usher in a new era of efficient, hydrogen transportation.”

The world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, the Toyota Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan with performance objectives that will compete with all the traditional internal combustion engines – but this vehicle uses no gasoline.  Instead, Mirai creates electricity on demand using hydrogen, oxygen and a fuel cell, and emits nothing but water vapor in the process.

Toyota will be matching the Mirai’s impressive performance with an equally impressive ownership experience too.  In addition to outstanding range and fuel economy, Mirai drivers will enjoy a comprehensive, ownership experience with a range of world-class services that include such standouts as three years’ worth of complimentary fuel; three years complimentary Safety Connect and Entune, including a hydrogen station finder app; three years of 24/7 customer call support; a Mirai Complimentary Rental Experience for seven days per year for three years and the ToyotaCare plan, a standard no cost service plan and roadside assistance that is being enhanced for Mirai customers.

For Mirai customers, the enhanced offerings for the service plan include not only a no cost scheduled maintenance for three years or 35,000 miles, whichever comes first, but also a no cost enhanced roadside assistance for three years, regardless of mileage, including expedited towing service and trip interruption reimbursement at a maximum of $500 per day for up to five days per incident.

There will also be an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on key fuel cell vehicle components including the FC stack and power control unit; FC hydrogen tanks; hybrid battery pack and ECU; FC air compressor, boost converter and ECU; hybrid control module (power management control module); and hydrogen fueling ECU.

The Toyota Mirai is already being ordered now, but for more details visit www.toyota.com/mirai.

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