How to Power the 2017 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle
Fuel cell vehicles are the newest alternative to gasoline and oil dependency in the auto market. As we work to figure out how to lessen our fuel consumption, looking into this new fuel cell technology is one way that you can take part in changing the future.
The 2017 Toyota Mirai is the only subcompact car on the market offering this technology, and as a California resident, you have the benefit of being one of the first drivers of the new Toyota Mirai. This breakthrough in fuel power is an exciting development for Toyota and for drivers at large. Read more about how these vehicles work below, and then start the application process to be an exclusive driver of this limited car.
What is a Fuel Cell Vehicle?
A fuel cell vehicle, or FCV, uses a fuel cell stack that converts hydrogen gas (your fuel) with oxygen to create electric energy. Hydrogen enters one end of the fuel cell, while oxygen enters the other. When both elements combine in the center, they mix to form electricity to power the vehicle. Water is the only by-product of the process, which is perhaps the most eco-friendly by-product a vehicle can create.
The electricity created during this process is stored in a rechargeable battery, similar to hybrids like the Prius, to power the fuel cell vehicle’s motor. This technology is the first of its kind and is totally revolutionary in the automotive industry. It’s more radical than the hybrid as it doesn’t use gasoline at all, and it creates its own electricity as opposed to electric vehicles that require long hours of charging and can sometimes suffer from limited range.
How Do You Fill Up a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle?
Because the fuel cell stack is powered by hydrogen, you must refuel the Mirai with hydrogen fuel. The Mirai is exclusively available in select areas like Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Marina Del Rey because hydrogen fueling stations are available in those locations. Three hydrogen stations are conveniently located in Santa Monica, West LA, and Beverly Hills, so no matter where you are in the area, there won’t be a fuel station too far out of the way. It takes about five minutes to fill the tank, so the difference from stopping at a gas station is minimal.
And you needn’t worry about the bill—for the first three years that you own the Mirai, the hydrogen fuel is complimentary.
Features of the Mirai
The Mirai still stands out as a choice vehicle over and beyond its revolutionary technology. Check out some of the features that make this vehicle an option to consider outside of its revolutionary, eco-friendly power. Enjoy the easy cargo load-in thanks to the hatchback trunk. A bold grille designed for maximum air intake gives the front fascia an unmistakable look. From there, there’s many standard and available options to fill this car with:
- Noise Cancellation Technology: On top of having a quiet motor, the Mirai has been designed to block out outside noises for a quiet and relaxing cabin experience.
- Entune Audio System: This touchscreen infotainment system allows you features like smartphone syncing, audio streaming, navigation, and much more.
- Rearview Camera: While you’re in reverse, this camera will assist you with better visibility.
- Lane Departure Warning: You’ll be alerted should you begin to drift from your lane without a turn signal to avoid a collision.
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors: Parking has never been easier as these sensors allow you to fit into tight spots with ease of their assistance, alerting you when you’re in danger of bumping a parked car.
Meet the Mirai
If you think the Mirai fits into your lifestyle, you can schedule an appointment with our Mirai specialist today. You can then test drive the Mirai after learning about all of the features it has to offer, and you’ll be interviewed to make sure you’re a compatible owner. Toyota wants to make sure that customers who are passionate about this technology have the opportunity to own the Mirai, which is why they are trying this experimental process.
Give us a call at (424) 238-1869 to begin the process or to ask any questions you have about the process. You can also contact us online. Our dealership is located at 801 Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica, CA, easy to get to for our Marina Del Rey, Culver City, and Beverly Hills area customers.