The very first example of the recently unveiled Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle has been delivered to its owner, who is none other than Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister.
The Japanese based automaker Toyota has managed to deliver its first ever production Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) to a customer, who has taken delivery of the model. The new proud owner of the first Mirai FCV is the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, who received the keys from Akio Toyoda, the Toyota president, during a ceremony held on the 15th of January.
“This is a historic step and I’m truly excited. This will be a long journey, and to make this first step truly historic we will all need to work together”, said Toyoda during the event.
“The vehicle accelerates well and it truly quiet and comfortable. I would like all government agencies to start using them”, added Abe.
The Toyota Mirai FCV has a starting price of 57,500 USD, over-seas, but this will drop to less than 45,000 USD after the federal and state incentives, and it is also available for 499 USD/month, for 36 months, with 3,649 at signing. The model can travel for 300 miles (483 km) before refilling its tank, an operation that takes less than 5 minutes. The first 200 units of the vehicle will be arriving in California, next fall. Plans of developing a hydrogen refueling infrastructure in 5 northeastern US states has been already announced.