Toyota announced that their innovative Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powered sedan was declared the 2016 World Green Car today at the New York International Auto Show.
“Just as Prius changed the world nearly 20 years ago, the hydrogen-powered Mirai is ready to make history,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “With a range of over 300 miles per tank, a refueling time of under five minutes, and emissions that consist only of water vapor, Mirai is leading the world forward toward a more sustainable future.”
The Mirai four-door, mid-size sedan has a MSRP of $57,500 that includes three years (up to $15,000) of fuel. It comes in four colors: Elemental Silver, Natural Blue Metallic, Celestial Black and Crystal White. Mirai runs on 17-inch alloy wheels and is well equipped – inside and out – with an array of available Toyota features and functionality. The Mirai fuel cell powered engine delivers 153 horsepower with 247 lb.-ft. of torque and with a fuel economy of 67 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent) it has a range of 300 miles on a full tank.
Toyota is expecting to sell 3,000 units in the U.S. through 2017. The Mirai is available in California and is being rolled out through a select group of dealers in five states in the Northeast: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with plans to expand further along that corridor in development.
The Mirai may be available for local or state rebate incentives for fuel efficient vehicle purchase along with up to $8,000 U.S. Federal Tax Credit. Toyota is also offering Trailblazer Support of $7,500 for qualified early purchasers of the Mirai.
The World Green Car competition included an initial entry list of eight new vehicles from all over the world. Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry), aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle’s environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration with the Toyota Mirai being selected for the 2016 honor.
Toyota is no stranger to the World Car Awards program – now in its 12th year. The Toyota Prius (2010) has previously earned “Top Three in the World” status for both the World Green Car and the overall World Car of the Year categories. In addition, the Toyota GT86 was a “Top Three in the World” finalist for World Car of the Year in 2013; the Toyota iQ in 2009 for the same category; and the Toyota Harrier Hybrid in 2006 for World Green Car.