By on October 10, 2014

Toyota Mirai

If you’d like to be one of the first in the United States to hop aboard the silver future of FCVs, but would also like to keep as much money in your wallet as possible, then Toyota has a Mirai for you.

The automaker is planning to give away one of its new FCVs during the 24th Annual Environmental Media Awards October 18 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. The caveats are as follows:

  • You must be a California resident (due to infrastructure limitations)
  • You must buy a raffle ticket at Bidding For Good; $100 for a single ticket, $500 for six

The money raised from the raffle will go on to benefit EMA-related programs, while the new owner will be paying taxes on their new hydrogen car, assuming tax credits don’t knock off everything first. Otherwise, you can buy your own when the Mirai party pulls into the Port of Long Beach late next year.

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13 Comments on “Toyota Raffling First US-Bound Mirai FCV...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I wouldn’t given a nickel for that thing, even if I lived near one of the 10 H2 stations in CA. Even my Leaf could limp across the country on 110V if it really had to.

    Plus, the H2 cost per mile is similar to driving a 28 mpg car. Who wants that?

    And unless Toyota, Hyundai, and the other crazies want to build a hydrogen superfiller network like Tesla has, there is no hope for this technology whatsoever. But all I hear is they want the governments to foot the bill.

  • avatar

    The first thing I thought when I heard this story was “So, they can’t even sell one?”

  • avatar

    I’m usually up for purchasing these types of raffle tickets if the charity is actually, you know, a charity. In this case, well:

    “Proceeds will benefit programs of the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to harnessing the power of celebrity and the media to promote sustainable lifestyles.”

    Reading it gave me an image in my mind’s eye of a monkey throwing his dung at zoo visitors.

    Seriously, Toyota, wtf?

  • avatar
    This Is Dawg

    Sweet Jesus that is an ugly car. I’m not a fan of Toyota or Lexus’s recent design, but that’s just crazy.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree. It makes the first-gen Prius look daring and sexy by comparison.

      • 0 avatar

        In one of the previous articles about this car a link was provided to a site with photos of the actual production FCV. It was just another homely little bean car.

        Does anyone know whether the pictured concept vehicle or the little bean model is actually at at issue here?

  • avatar

    Money would have been better spent offering a diesel hybrid in the Prius.
    There’s a S10 on youtube using a Kubota diesel, pretty cool.

  • avatar

    This is how the Scion TC should have looked

  • avatar

    It looks like my Ex-GF’s grandson’s pictures he drew of his mom’s Camry. It was very strange looking, and had the same weird effect of the back wheels/tires looking smaller than the front.

    Bad, just bad.

  • avatar

    Just occurred to me that Toyota may be winking at us with the Mirai name. In Japanese, both mirai and shōrai mean future, but mirai is usually used for the distant future; shōrai is for a more foreseeable future.

    Since the name of a pioneering product from a global titan like Toyota was probably given some thought, I’m guessing Mirai has a special meaning here: “Don’t hold your breath.”

  • avatar
    Brian P

    The only ones they will sell, will to be government institutions, perhaps a small number of fleet buyers who want to make some sort of environmental statement, and a very small number of rich, idealistic early adopters.

    For me, it’s not even worth the price of a raffle ticket.

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