Toyota launches all-new Mirai with extended lease program

A short while ago Hyundai registered 20 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and now Toyota has brought in 20 of their hydrogen powered vehicles, the Mirai (Meer-eye), for an extended demonstration trial.

2021 Toyota Mirai

They will lease them to what they call pioneering organisations and businesses.

Toyota has already run a smaller trial program with 10 vehicles starting in 2018 in collaboration with local Melbourne councils and utility companies with the cars refuelled from a mobile hydrogen refueller.

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The Mirai is a five-seat, rear-drive, four-door sedan.

The arrangement is a 36 month/60,000km lease costing $1,750 per month for three years, which includes fuel. This equates to $21,000 a year.

The hydrogen is stored in the vehicle in three carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) tanks giving the Mirai a range of approximately 650km1. It also has a small lithium-ion battery to help in power delivery.

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