Toyota Mirai gets 312-mile EPA range estimate

Toyota Mirai gets 312-mile EPA range estimate

Toyota’s Mirai sedan has claimed the title of longest-range fuel-cell vehicle.

The company has announced an official EPA-estimated driving range of 312 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, with a gasoline-equivalent efficiency of 67 mpge combined.

In contrast, the aging Honda FCX Clarity has an EPA-estimated efficiency of 59 mpge and a range of 231 miles, while the newer Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell gets 265 miles out of a single tank at 50 mpge combined.

“Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” said Toyota North America chief Jim 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 company will offer the Mirai with two years of free hydrogen refuels, along with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the fuel-cell stack, hydrogen tank and other related powertrain components.

The Mirai is scheduled to arrive in California by October, with a $57,500 price tag and extremely limited availability for the first year. It remains to be seen if Toyota’s FCV will be met with strong demand in the state, which currently hosts just 10 hydrogen refueling stations.

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