With a starting price of 67,900 euros including tax for the Mirai in the Lounge version, the hydrogen car remains expensive even if it is starting to approach the prices of large premium brand sedans. A high price which means that the boost from the State is only 3,000 euros (reserved for electric and hydrogen vans whose price exceeds 60,000 euros) since that of 7,000 euros is reserved for electric and hydrogen vehicles of less than 45,000 euros.
It is also offered in an Executive version for a price of 74,900 euros, again with a bonus of 3,000 euros.
Compared to the previous generation, the price is down 15% while its performance is up: + 20% power and + 30% range (i.e. 650 km in the WLTP combined cycle) thanks to the improved energy recovery (+ 43%) and lower hydrogen consumption (-10%).
A pioneer in hydrogen and fuel cell technology (FCEV), Toyota launched the 1st generation of Mirai on the world markets in 2014. As we explained in a previous article, France is a pilot country for the demonstration of this technology.
To date, Toyota has marketed this first generation to HysetCo (of which it is a shareholder) for taxi use in the Paris region under the Hype brand. Frank Marotte, President and CEO of Toyota France told us that he sold only one copy to an individual.
Given the cost and the small number of hydrogen distribution stations (4 in the Paris region, for example), the sale of this vehicle should still remain marginal to individuals. The manufacturer is betting above all on its continued deployment for taxi use, and 600 Mirai are to be sold this year to the company Slota (which HysetCo has just bought). The new Mirai can, however, be ordered from today in dealerships located near a hydrogen filling station. The first vehicles will be delivered next spring.
“The fuel cell combines the advantages of” zero emission “electric mobility with ease of use, autonomy and speed of recharging unique on the market which appeals to intensive use”, Toyota explains in a press release. “3 million kilometers could be traveled on the roads of the Ile-de-France region, with water as the only discharge, thus demonstrating that a new shared mobility and without CO2 emissions is possible.” For the interest to be real in terms of CO2, hydrogen must also be manufactured without CO2 emissions, which is possible in France (and many projects are underway) because the electricity is of origin nuclear.