LOS ANGELES – Toyota is scrambling to boost production of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan in response to strong customer demand, a Toyota executive told the 2015 NADA/J.D. Power AutoConference on Tuesday.
“Last month, Toyota once again defined the future of mobility with the all-new Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, which went on sale in California,” said Bill Fay, Toyota’s U.S. group vice president and general manager, in a speech. “Nearly 1,900 people told us they want a Mirai, and we’re close to selling out our first year’s supply.
“So we’re ramping up production to meet demand while continuing to build the required refueling infrastructure in California and select states in the Northeast.”
He added: “We believe Mirai represents the future of sustainable transportation.”
Fay did not offer specific production numbers, but earlier this year Toyota said revised plans call for Mirai production to increase from 700 units in 2015 to approximately 2,000 units in 2016 and approximately 3,000 units in 2017.
Mirai means “future” in Japanese.
The five-passenger Mirai can travel up to 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, refuels in less than five minutes and emits only water vapor.
Toyota likes to tell consumers that hydrogen can be produced from just about everything, including water and landfill waste.
It is priced at $58,325, including an $825 destination charge. Mirai arrived at Toyota’s California dealerships in the fall.
Competitors include the new Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle and the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV.
Edmunds says: Toyota is racing to get the Mirai into your driveway as soon as possible.