‘Leading the Path to a Hydrogen-Powered Future with the Toyota Mirai’

With federal and state regulations in California requiring the majority of new vehicles sold to be emission-free starting in the 2030s — and consumer interest for electric vehicles increasing steadily — a future defined by EV transportation looks likely. However, as Toyota Motor Chairman Akio Toyoda recently put it: “There are many ways to climb the mountain that is achieving carbon neutrality.” One alternate way up is through the use of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) powered by hydrogen, a category led by the Toyota Mirai.

Hydrogen powers FCEVs much like gasoline does for internal combustion vehicles. A key difference is that it generates zero vehicle emissions, with the only by-product being water. The Mirai relies on a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity to power the vehicle, rather than relying on bulky battery packs that need to be slowly recharged. This type of FCEV can be refueled within approximately five minutes and can have a higher range rating than a BEV — the 2024 Mirai XLE has an EPA-estimated 402-mile driving range rating.

The 2024 model of the Mirai is the second generation of the Japanese automaker’s FCEV and is part of the company’s electrification strategy that also includes the Prius and a line of BEVs. It is a suitable option for individuals who make purposeful buying decisions and do not want to compromise on style or design. The Mirai is like a luxury sedan that just happens to be powered by hydrogen.

The newer model of the Mirai, available in XLE and Limited grades, comes equipped with a rear-wheel drive GA-L platform and a body that is lower, longer, and wider than the first model. Inside, there are features such as a 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display, Active Sound Control for a quiet cabin experience, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, and a Qi-compatible charging tray for wireless smartphone charging.

The Mirai also offers a variety of safety and convenience features, including Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, Star Safety System, Blind Spot Monitor, Advanced Park, and optional Bird’s Eye View Camera and Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking.

With transportation accounting for about 29% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, individuals concerned about their vehicle’s fuel source should consider upgrading to hydrogen power. Currently, the Mirai is sold at 11 dealers in the Los Angeles and San Francisco regions, as California is home to the most hydrogen refueling stations in the country. To help ease the transition to hydrogen fuel, Toyota offers customers a complimentary fuel card up to ,000 or six years to help cover the cost of hydrogen.

With its sleek looks, impressive features, and the quality associated with Toyota, the Mirai is paving the way for a future in which hydrogen-powered vehicles can work alongside BEVs to help drive American vehicle emissions to zero.