Toyota Delivers First Mirai (w/video)

JAN 16 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 62

Toyota Mirai First Delivery

Toyota Mirai First Delivery

On January 15 in Tokyo, Toyota President Akio Toyoda delivered the first Mirai fuel cell sedan to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

During the ceremony, Toyoda stated:

“This is a historic step and I’m truly excited. This will be a long journey, and to make this first step truly historic we will all need to work together.”

And so it begins…

According to Toyota, there are now more than 1,400 orders for Mirai in Japan.  This booming demand has convinced Toyota to quadruple production of Mirai to a whopping still tiny 3,000 units per year staring in 2017.

Toyota Mirai First Delivery

Toyota Mirai First Delivery

Toyota Mirai First Delviery

Toyota Mirai First Delivery

Toyota Mirai First Delivery

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Big Solar

At least the PM can afford one. What an example.

Is it me, or is there a growing desperation, empathy and fear among the EV fans here about fuel-cell cars?

Robb Stark

It is just you.

FCV are completely retarded.

And will fail regardless of incentives and what is said or not said.

Martin T

Agree Fuel cells are so yester year.
Who wants to support the perpetual status quo.
I’d rather be driving on sunshine from own houses roof – ie no middlemen.
Maybe fuel companies have their hands in toyodas pocket?

Still congrats for Toyota for making a bold futurist statement.

Toyota don’t forget the BEV’s as fuel cells are an inefficient use of energy.

Mike

Congrats Toyota, Fav Car of Suicide bombers!

LOL, just shows you how tied Toyota is to politicians. At least President Obama said he’d wait till he was out of office to BUY his Chevy Volt.

Scramjett

Why wouldn’t he wait anyway? Right now he gets chauffeured around in a bullet proof limo.

I don’t see why he couldn’t or shouldn’t pick up a Model S and/or Model X in addition to a Volt after he leaves office. Wonder if THAT would be a bullet proof presidential edition?

I think Malia is 17 now. She could use a Volt.

Scramjett

There you go! 🙂

Evil Attorney

No kidding. The Japanese government is giving buyers a $20k subsidy on these cars, as well as planning on installing hundreds of hydrogen stations. That’s insane. No wonder Toyota is pushing fuel cells so much; the hydrogen plans are seem fairly entrenched over there.

Scramjett

Is it me or is there something a bit ironic about it being delivered in the rain?

Stephen

With FCVs puffing out H2O this is a look ahead to the climate effect of these cars 😉

Scramjett

Lol! Indeed! 🙂

Djoni

Exactly my thought!
It’s drinkable at your own risk tought.

Rick Danger

“This will be a long journey, and to make this first step truly historic we will all need to work together.”

Funny, Tesla didn’t ask the government to build out it’s Supercharger network. If a fledgling automaker like Tesla can do it, what’s everyone else’s excuse?????

pjwood

Looks like twice as much hydrogen, as oxygen, showed up.

I thought the “home filling” comments I read someplace, from NAIAS, were really rich. If I ever get the kit, I’m going to put it next to my super-collider.

Mike

Thanks for the humor. If I were to make the switch a FCV I would put my home filling station next to the cold-fusion reactor I use to charge my Volt .

Mike

Funny!

no comment

name *one* automaker, including those who make electric vehicles that built out a charger network (other than Tesla).

the difference between Tesla and other automakers is that other automakers are more concerned with generating profits where elon musk is more concerned with promoting technology. so it is unrealistic to expect any other automaker to follow the Tesla model.

JakeY

While Nissan didn’t pay for everything, they did provide free DC chargers to their dealers. BMW is looking to do the same.

The most Honda and Toyota has done is provide loans to hydrogen station installers.

gary

Loans from car companies for Hydrogen stations? HARDLY !!! The fuel cel lobby couldn’t even FORCE oil companies to build out the hydrogen highway. And THEY are the only ones that’d profit, selling perfectly good natural gas, to distill down into hydrogen. Oilies SUED to prevent them from being forced to build it. So the fuel cel lobby now has YOU and ME via hiked DMV fees paying for their big looser system … a hand full of stations for hundreds of millions. Only Calif legislators on the take would buy into this scheem. This is why everyone wants to leave california.

Three Electrics

No other automaker needs to build out a private network as their cards use open standards. I don’t see them building gas stations either.

Lustuccc

Scientific nonsense
Ecologic nonsense
Economic nonsense for the owner

Economic sense for Big Oil/Big Shale

Mike

Exactly.
For Toyota CEO to buy into this he’s either being Bribed or Extorted.

The Japanese Government should be doing an Investigation.

sven

Your tin foil hat must be on too tight. Please share some of your other conspiracy theories with us.

Is it just me, or is the idea of a car that requires a key a bit dated?

Tesla and Bolt use smart phones as fobs.

MTN Ranger

Dihydrogen monoxide leak! Warning! Warning!

Mikael

You should start a petition for a global ban on that substance 😉

It has killed A LOT of people throughout the years.

bro1999

Move over, Leaf. You have been replaced by the Mirai as the ugliest alt-fuel vehicle in the world. *puke*

Mike

There is a silver lining!

taser54

It looks like Toyota is well on its way to support the hydrogen economy in Japan.

It will be enjoyable to watch what a hydrogen enconomy provides for Japan.

Anon

Yeah, it’s not like Hydrogen has done anything earth-shatteringly devastating to Japan in the past. Oh, wait… 😉

Nick

I like a distasteful joke as well as the next guy, but you had a minor technical error.

Japan was attacked with a fission weapon, not fusion.

Priusmaniac

You mean Toyota is well on its way supporting a 99.9% fossil production economy since 99.9% of the Hydrogen is derived from fossils like gas petrol and coal.

Andrew

Elon Musk nailed this debacle the other day at NAIAS when he said something to the effect of “The silliness of hydrogen fuel cells will become very obvious very soon.”

no comment

i’m not an elon musk fanboy, so i don’t buy everything that he says, hook, line and sinker…electric vehicle technology is a developing technology – that is true for *every* EV platform: BEV, PHEV & FCV. right now, FCV is at a more nascent state than the other technologies and PHEV is currently best suited for general market adoption but the primary issues are related to vehicle costs vs. ICE vehicles. at present, nobody knows how this will shake out in terms of which will be the “winning” technology in the marketplace (if any). many automakers are hedging their bets by investigating FCV technology although Toyota seems to be more willing to proceed in the market at present. elon musk has a vested interest in promoting the technology to which he has committed, namely BEV, so comments about other technologies cannot be viewed as “impartial” assessments.

Rick Danger

Elon would have gone with fuel cells, if he thought they were seriously superior. Maybe he knows something you don’t? Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

sven

Maybe Elon is a Luddite. 😉

ffbj

I already have electrical self service in my home. Hydrogen can only make it in Japan with massive government support, but for Toyota the die has been cast and they can’t really back track now without losing face, so they partner with the government. Although people try to run countries and economies with platitudes, slogans and jingoistic nonsense, it never works.
Remember WIN? Whip Inflation Now.
Krikie!

Priusmaniac

The problem is not that Toyota makes a few FCV for the few ones that want one, the problem is that Toyoda refuses to make BEV for the many that want one. They deny the people’s right to chose a BEV over a FCV and they force feed the FCV by getting abnormaly high subsidies for them in comparison with the much more reasonnable subsidies BEV get. They don’t play leveled field.

ffbj

Maybe a Japanese saying best illustrates a certain mentality that is truly Japanese.
‘Though they are starving, the samurai are still using toothpicks.’

SIvad

I dunno. I thought the Mirai was a really dumb idea until I saw delivery #1’s bubble decal. I knew something was missing. Now maybe I’ll get one.

SIvad

Does each Mirai also come with an administrative assistant that fills it up for you or is that just for the Prime Minister?

Nelson

Once again what gives any car manufacturer the right to sell a product, in today’s day and age, which consumes oxygen from the air we breathe? Our bodies need oxygen. I guess they’ll want to sell us that in the future too.

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671

sven

I hate to break the news to you, but the grid electricity that powers our EVs mostly comes from natural gas and coal fired power plants that consume enormous amounts of oxygen from the air we breathe and that our bodies need.

The comments in the Mirai stories on here are getting really stupid.

no comment

one of the problems specific to FCV is that “clean” hydrogen generation is very expensive, at present. i’m not an FCV denialist, as are some of the elon musk fanboys here, but FCV has a long way to go (even farther than BEV) before it can be considered to be a practical alternative.

Djoni

True, but hydrogen will never make to that point.
It’s just very basic science, basic economic and most of all basic commun senses.
Just to get it where they show right now is an accomplishment as every claim they inflate with it.
Just like if 3 minute fill up was the only thing people ask and world needed!
BS

Nelson

Oh, I’m well aware of that. I like to fry one fish at a time.

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671

Priusmaniac

You name the exact electric power sources we just work to get rid of, gas and coal. That is exactly what you don’t want to use to make electricity. We want to move to non fossil carbon emitting productions like nuclear, hydropower, wind power, wave power, thermoacoustic geothermal, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics and also especially for winther time biogas and biomass use.

Fossil fuels will go the same way as asbestos has gone, they didn’t get out of ressource but it got banned because it was found to be to dangerous.

Nick

Clean electricity generation is needed independently of our transportation fuels.

While we’re transitioning to EV’s we’ll also be cleaning up the grid.

gary

check your facts – Nearly HALF of all EV’rs are using their residential PV to recharge, or are planning on installing PV. Couple that with the fact that the lion’s share of EV’s are leased/purchased in Calif where very little coal is used, and where most plugin’s are purchased, and you pretty much made an untrue statement.

Rick Danger

Nelson, Long John Sliver’s called… your application for fish fryer has been turned down, sorry. 🙂

Grumpy

Well it is nice to see that they finally delivered the first FCV.

The first new car I ever bought was a Volvo 850 in 1997. At that time the hype was that the FCV was just around the corner, so I thought “Great, my next car will be a FCV.” That was four cars ago.

martinwinlow

Assuming His Excellency lives in Tokyo, he is positively spoilt for choice as to where to fill up with H2 as the entire city has exactly 9 refuelling stains, currently. Woop, woop.

shawn marshall

snide remarks polluted gm-volt for years also – mostly self-anointed experts trashing BEVs. Someone posted yesterday that perhaps the Island Nation of Japan has a national energy strategy to go to Hydrogen. You can generate a lot of hydrogen with off peak nuclear power and electrolysis – no gas or coal needed. The great cost of nuclear power is tied up in the capital plant – fuel – not so much. Maybe everybody isn’t as stupid as some folks like to think. How much Lithium does Japan have? What would you use for fuel if China shut you off from markets? I am amazed at the intelligence of so many posters.

Nick

Why not skip the expensive H2 round trip, and charge cars off peak?

no comment

the advantage of FCEVs is that you can refill in 5 minutes versus having to potentially wait hours to recharge a battery. the way that i would analogize between FCEV and BEV is that the BEV is like a water heater with a tank, you discharge stored hot water from the tank but when you are out of hot water you have to wait to get more hot water; the FCEV is like a tankless water heater, you heat the water as you use it without wait.

Djoni

If we consider how many smart people, or should I say, smart aknowlegable people, doing the wrong thing, I just would stick to common sense, and hydrogen has not made much ot it in any case for moving people around yet.
Let alone the fact that nuclear on the other end has proven to be a bit troublesome for Japan.

DNAinaGoodWay

FCEVs have along way to go, but they have potential, and they have to start somewhere. When they can get the MSRP down to the $30-40k range and enough exclusively renewable supplied H2 stations put up to start a network, I’d consider one. But probably I’ll have a 200 mile BEV for $20k by then.

no comment
i tend to agree with your assessment of FCEVs. from what i understand, the Mirai gets 300 miles on a single tank with a 5 minute fill up time. you always have to take EV stated ranges with a grain of salt, but this is promising because it offers the potential of an EV where the refill time is like those of ICEs. this is much better than the comparatively long wait times to recharge a battery even when using the fastest of battery recharging technologies. for my part, i would still take a PHEV over a FCEV: i don’t have the aversion to “burning gas” that some EV enthusiasts have; and for me, the battery displaces almost all of my gasoline usage during the warmer months so during that time of the year i am just driving around with gas in the tank as a safety valve. PHEV also offers the advantage of home recharging so that i don’t have to go to a public station, and with the Volt’s on-board ICE generator, i don’t have to worry about how long it takes to recharge the battery. i think that as a compliance matter, as long as you can… Read more »
gary

fuel cells have a long way to go … and so do flying cars. Throw all the money you want at both their development and/or their infrastructure. Eventually your country will go bankrupt trying. so – how long will it take before they give up? Turns on how much money you rape from taxpayers, before all their income is depleted. Carry on.