Toyota’s Back to the Future Mirai at 2015 LA Auto Show – videos

2 years ago by Mark Kane 35

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai

The one-of-a-kind Toyota Mirai “Back to the Future” edition, resembling the DeLorean, appeared at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

The Japanese automaker equipped the car with Mr. Fusion – Home Energy Reactor.

Wheels are simple, areodynamic with highlight (see videos below).  You can also check out the full/original Toyota produced mini-video (also below) of the Mirai embedded with Back to the Future lore – and also starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as well.

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai - Mr. Fusion - Home Energy Reactor

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai – Mr. Fusion – Home Energy Reactor

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai

Toyota Back to the Future Mirai

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35 responses to "Toyota’s Back to the Future Mirai at 2015 LA Auto Show – videos"

  1. Anon says:

    Yeah, people once thought hydrogen was cool.

    In the 80’s.

    1. sven says:

      There’s not many things cooler than liquid hydrogen. 😉

      1. I see what you did there Sven!

      2. GeorgeS says:

        @sven

        gaseous or liquid state 🙂

      3. ffbj says:

        Yeah, it is super-cool dude!

  2. David Murray says:

    Not a fan of the wheels.

    1. sven says:

      Looking at those wheels makes me want to order a pizza.

    2. Mike616 says:

      Anything that gives me better MPG, I’m a fan of.

      1. philip d says:

        Not if it costs 2-3 times to fuel.

  3. SJC says:

    If you want Back to the Future, bring back the EV1.

    1. David Murray says:

      I have absolutely zero desire to drive an EV-1.

      1. Cavaron says:

        I do – would trade in my Renault Zoe for a working one.

      2. Ken says:

        Come on, Dave! Didn’t you start with an EV DSM (eclipse, talon, laser)? An EV-1 is really comfortable to sit in, which is more than i can say for my wife’s old eclipse. I don’t have a family so i wouldn’t miss the back seat. My 2 seat Mini E is very missed by my wife and I even though we have a Leaf an an imiev.

    2. kubel says:

      This is Toyota. And they did bring back the RAV4-EV. People didn’t want to buy them. Or rather, people did want to buy them, but not at that price.

      1. SJC says:

        Sort of a self fulfilling prophecy. Toyota had Tesla design them the RAV4EV2, then did not price it right nor promote it. Thus it did not do well so the conclusion is no one wanted it.

        1. Anon says:

          Similar to GM saying no one wanted an EV, because few wanted to pay over $500 a month lease to drive a short range two seater.

          1. jerryd says:

            They might have said that but there was a long waiting list for EV-1’s that GM never produced for.
            And now an EV-1 with lithium would be over a 300 mile range EV.
            The EV-1 was killed because big auto were scared of EV’s losing all the future parts sales of a gas car at 1,000-2,000% profits on replacement parts, their biggest profit center.

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          SJC said:

          “Toyota had Tesla design them the RAV4EV2, then did not price it right nor promote it. Thus it did not do well so the conclusion is no one wanted it.”

          Ummm… no.

          The RAV4 is a Toyota gas-powered CUV. Toyota contracted with Tesla to build some electric drivetrains to fit inside, so Toyota could produce a California compliance car conversion vehicle

          Since it was a compliance car, the plan was to produce them only in small numbers. Given this fact, there was no point to promoting it, nor any point to giving it a competitive price.

          1. jerryd says:

            Correct.
            Seeing as the 1999-2000 RAV4EV’s sold for up to $75k used when only cost $45k, a well priced and advertised one would have been a big seller.

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    How ironic. The “Mr. Fusion” device on this Mirai is a non-working prop, yet a small practical fusion device is at least possible according to the Laws of Physics, and perhaps in a couple of human generations that sort of thing will be powering our cars.

    Unlike, of course, the hydrogen fuel which actually powers this fool cell car… fuel which will forever remain impractical and unaffordable.

    1. Three Electrics says:

      http://www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/production_cost_analysis.html

      NREL analyzed the cost of hydrogen production via wind-based water electrolysis at 42 potential sites in 11 states across the nation.

      At most sites the cost of 100% renewable H2 is less than $5, which means that a Mirai would cost exactly as much to fuel as a 30 mpg ICE at $2.25 per gallon of gasoline.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        This again?

        Why don’t you amuse us with your plan to use unicorns and rainbows to magically change the physical characteristics of hydrogen — that’s an element, dude — into something a lot closer to a practical fuel, like gasoline or propane.

        1. sven says:

          You sound like those global warming deniers pooh poohing scientists and their studies confirming global warming, because you know better.

          1. Bill Howland says:

            To Sven:

            I also discount AGM, at least as it is popularly presented, and it is no way because of what they say on Fox News. But my position is not the point here. Its about the ability to keep an open mind to positions you disagree with. As far as all scientists agreeing, etc, I’ve mentioned several times quotes from 12 or 13 climatologists (some at the head of their field) who also disagree, so that should be somewhat sobering.

            Now pupu is spouting his usual nonsense (he say that I foam at the mouth) – I can see that the marginal cost of ‘excess’ windmill power could be at times diverted to usefully making hydrogen, although I’d think the new low temperature (80 deg Centigrade) to make Methyl Alcohol could recoop H2 if desired much more cheaply still, and certainly productively use remote location ‘gas flaring’ to get some use out of the resource. But the dude usually doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so no surprise there.

      2. Bob says:

        Only they cannot and they do not…

  5. goodbyegascar says:

    Back to the Future?

    Be prepared to travel 25 years into the future just to find a liquid hydrogen fueling station.

    But you may never make it back home, when you discover that the hydrogen FCEV was abandoned many years earlier.

  6. goodbyegascar says:

    I don’t think the Toyota Mirai has any future.

  7. Bill Howland says:

    So our FUTURE is Toyota overpaying famous actors to make skits to generate an “Aura of AWE” around a pretty plain semi-upscale vehicle?

    I sense a bit of despiration at Toyota. Unless this just plays well in Japanese when overdubbed.

    If they throw enough money at this thing it will succeed. My only question, is why in the States?

    1. Bill Howland says:

      Should have said Anxiety. I dont know how to spell Desperation.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Bill Howland said:

      “If they throw enough money at this thing it will succeed.”

      Not if your definition of “success” includes actually making a profit on building and selling a car like the Mirai.

      1. ffbj says:

        I think he was implying that they are adopting that attitude. That if they throw a lot a money at the promotion it will be a success.
        My take of his comment is more of a ‘what were they thinking’, with the comments of desperation and anxiety.

        As far a why the U.S. I think Toyota determined, wrongly, that the Mirai had the best chance of success here, and the mentality if you can make it here, in the U.S. you can make it anywhere.

        1. ffbj says:

          Oh, and CARB of course, for the credits.
          Omitted due to common knowledge, or everybody knows that, so why mention it.

  8. Martin T. says:

    Where is the cardboard cut out of Hydrogen filling station near the car. (Now that a future nightmare on a bad parallel universe)

    Just like “Back to the future”, they need to go back show how inefficient these hydrogen cars are and in a museum. 🙂

  9. shawn marshall says:

    it is always aaamazing how clever the arm chair quaterbacks are!!

  10. Robert Humpal says:

    The true advantage of fuel cell power generation is zero emissions and plug-in electrics require power generation typically form polluting sources. Therefore, wouldn’t the best solution be to have stationary fuel cell generators located at residences to power the homes and the plug-in electric car? I believe someone named Elon Musk is working on an affordable home based fuel cell.