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Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Car Arrives in October

In October 2015, the Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Cell car, will roll into select Toyota dealerships. In Northern California, they are San Francisco Toyota, Roseville Toyota, Stevens Creek Toyota and Toyota of Sunnyvale. In Southern California, Longo Toyota, Toyota Santa Monica, Toyota of Orange and Tustin Toyota will welcome Mirai customers. According to Toyota, these initial dealers were selected based on advanced technology vehicle sales experience (read Prius) and proximity to hydrogen infrastructure.

In case you are not familiar with Hydrogen powered cars, these cars have hydrogen fuel cells that you fill up at Hydrogen “pumps” (see below).

hydrogen pump

The diagram below shows how the hydrogen stored in the tank (left) is mixed with the air/oxygen (right) coming in from the front, to mix in the fuel cell (in the middle) to produce electricity. The only byproduct is water that comes out the tailpipe.

hydrogen fuel cell

Note that any other vehicles that can use hydrogen can use these pumps, and not just the Mirai. Toyota has announced that they will pay for the hydrogen for the first 3 years. Since the MSRP of the Mirai is over $50,000, I’m not sure the math works out even with the Government kickbacks.