In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range – but Toyota just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market.
Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are quickly becoming more available with the recent introduction of the Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell and the upcoming Honda fuel-cell vehicle. The Mirai is rated at 67 MPGe and buyers will enjoy the fact that Toyota is throwing in three year’s worth of complimentary fuel.
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“Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” said Lentz. “Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly twenty years ago, the Mirai is now poised to usher in a new era of efficient, hydrogen transportation.”
The 2016 Mirai is expected to arrive in October. Pricing starts at $57,500, but you can also lease the Mirai for three years for $499 a month.
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The Tesla Model S is also the safest car ever tested in The USA and Europe. The motor invented by Nikola Tesla will last at least a million miles. And the Tesla 85D goes 300+ miles. Only 24 moving parts, almost no mainteince sure the Honda is -$60,000 great but will it save my life in an accident?, will it nickel and dime me?, does this car get smarter the longer I have it? will I have to buy another $50,000+ car in 5 years or can I simply buy another battery case for $12,000 every 15 years like the Tesla? Tesla needs competition but not just in the range category.
So the car can go 312 miles on a tank of hydrogen that was made from fracked natural gas. (My electric car runs on electricity from my solar panels. No fracking involved. Most Tesla supercharger stations are powered by solar as well. And this tech is just starting out.) But because there are very few hydrogen stations, nearly half of those 312 miles would be spent looking for hydrogen. Whereas I can plug my car into any of the million plugs that already exist. So try as the fossil fuel industry might, battery electrics are the future. And until hydrogen breaks from the fossil fuel industry, hydrogen is going nowhere.