By on January 16, 2015


One month after Toyota began sales of its Mirai FCV in Japan, around 1,500 have been ordered thus far, well over the 400 the automaker thought it would sell for the entirety of 2015.

Carscoops reports the 1,500 orders are split 60/40 in favor of government and corporate fleets. The overall majority of the orders come from four locations in the country: Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture and Fukuoka Prefecture. Due to its popularity, however, Toyota said it may take a while to fulfill those orders.

The Mirai is expected in the United States beginning later this year, and will sell for $57,500 before federal and state tax credits. A 36-month lease will also be available, with $3,649 due at signing, and $499 per month thereafter.

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14 Comments on “Toyota Receives Over 1,500 Orders For Mirai FCV In Home Market...”

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    Well, now that everybody involved with the project has ordered the obligatory “one piece” their continued “vendor in good standing” with Toyota is insured

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    “$3,649 due at signing, and $499 per month thereafter.”

    Isn’t this like nicely equipped BMW lease money? And I just checked, you can put half that down payment and the same monthly, and get an A6. Guess you really got to want that early 00s Echo styling. The worst part for me is the rear fender flare. Gross.

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    This is probably one of the ugliest cars I’ve ever seen. There is way too much styling on one body. It screams I’m different, but if you look closely it’s quite obviously a boring fwd econobox.

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    I agree on the ugly, hero. But I won’t be buying an HFC, looks aside. Why? Because refueling an HFC is far less energy efficient than directly charging a BEV.

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    If they are for govt & corporate fleets, it is fair to say that it’s “popular”?

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      By that measurement the Hybrid Tahoe could be considered popular.

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      Since they expected minimal sales and 40% of 1500 is 600 ordered before Jan is over-out of an expected 400 TOTAL sales for 2015-I’d say it is popular compared to expectations.
      Name a manufacturer that would not love to get 150% consumer preorders vs expected yearly sales,plus another 225% more in fleet preoders.

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    I feel everyone is too caught up in the “eww, it looks funky” mentality. The real news here is that we have a real, “on sale now” fuel cell car that doesn’t cost a million dollars and will probably operate with typical Prius reliability.

    There may be a debate about the viability of hydrogen as a fuel, but there can be no denying that the car itself works rather unremarkably, which is very remarkable.

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      SCE to AUX

      All true.

      But since Toyota isn’t a charity or research think tank, it makes no business sense to produce such a product. And the ‘greenness’ of this vehicle is questionable at best.

      As for its looks, Toyota could help their hydrogen cause if the car was attractive, shallow as that sounds. I though Honda’s Clarity did very well in this regard.

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    Maybe, and I’m going out on a limb here, Toyota knows more than I do about graphenes effect on hydrogen generation. While they do claim to value thier human employees more than most corporations, thier habit of bringing home larger profits than any other automotive company make me doubt they’re doing charitable work here.

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    That thing is so gay looking it makes me laugh! Makes a Prius look good.

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    Despite the awful look of it, it’s nice to see a company that’s willing to take on a challenge and do something quite different. That’s a manufacturer I’d like to buy from.

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