Published on July 22nd, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota begins taking orders for the Mirai
For Mirai fans in California, today is your lucky day because the customer order portal is now live.The Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor. It has the highest EPA estimated driving range rating of any zero emission electric vehicle on the market, at 502 kilometers, and offers an EPA estimated 28.4 equivalent kilometres per litre city/highway/combined.
Production of the Mirai is limited and vehicles will be placed with select, eligible customers. After placing a request, potential Mirai drivers will be contacted directly by a Toyota representative to discuss ownership and next steps. When Mirai begins arriving in October 2015, customers will take delivery from one of the eight authorized California dealers of their choosing.
A select group of qualified customers will be eligible for a Mirai Trailblazer support program. These programs are available in order to streamline and smoothen out the ownership of these brand new cars, as well as for Toyota to keep a close watch on how they are functioning. The program will be available to all qualified Mirai customers who take delivery of their cars by the end of the year.
There are also a few other benefits to those who purchase the Mirai this year, which also makes it far easier for Toyota to introduce the model and provides worry-free ownership. Owners will get:
- Three years’ worth of complimentary fuel
- Three years complimentary Safety Connect and Entune, including hydrogen station finder app.
- Three years of 24/7 customer call support.
- Mirai Complimentary Rental Experience for seven days per year for three years.
- No cost scheduled maintenance for three years, or 35,000 miles, whichever comes first
- No cost enhanced roadside assistance for three years, regardless of mileage, including expedited towing service and trip interruption reimbursement at a maximum of $500 per day for up to 5 days per incident.
- 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on key fuel cell vehicle components.
That’s a pretty swanky deal to effectively be a guinea pig for Toyota and their hydrogen sedan. But if it does pick up and the infrastructure expands, perhaps it could be quite a convincing case study.