One of the biggest green stars at the LA Auto Show is the hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai. In terms of performance, this four-door, mid-size sedan compares favorably to cars with internal combustion engines. However, it is a far better environmental choice as it does not use gasoline and emits only water vapor. It also has advantages over electric cars as it re-fuels much faster (about five minutes) and triples the average range of EVs by traveling up to 300 miles on a full tank.
Toyota’s Mirai is a groundbreaking production vehicle that will be available to customers in California beginning in fall 2015. The only drawback is hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Its availability is limited to areas that provide adequate refueling stations and right now there is very little in the US outside of California.
The 2016 Toyota Mirai is priced at $57,500 and there is a $499 monthly lease option.