After an announcement on tripling production of fuel cell cars from the initial 700 annually to 2,100 by the end of 2015, Toyota now is willing to raise the bar to 3,000 Mirai year in 2017.
A Nikkei article states that production will more than quadruple due to strong demand, but 3,000 cars produced at least two years from now still isn't a high rate, right?
In Japan, the number of orders for Mirai reached 1,400 and some buyers will need to be patient.
"In response to brisk pre-orders, the company decided ahead of the Dec. 15 release of the vehicle to raise the annual capacity to 2,100 units at the end of this year by investing about 20 billion yen ($168 million). Now, it will raise the volume further, to 3,000 in 2017 by spending several dozen billion yen on the two facilities."
"Demand for the Mirai has been strong from municipalities, businesses and affluent consumers, and orders in Japan have topped 1,400 units. A staffer at a dealership in Aichi has been telling customers that it will take three years to deliver the car with the current production capacity."
"Toyota's latest decision comes as the automaker gears up to release the Mirai in the U.S. and Europe in the summer. The company plans to sell at least 3,000 units of the Mirai in the U.S. by the end of 2017, in light of zero-emission vehicle regulations in the state of California."