Toyota Taking Reservations for Mirais in California Next Week

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Californians itching to claim one of the first of Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai can raise their hands starting next week, the automaker announced.

Toyota announced today it would begin accepting reservations for the Mirai starting July 20. The sedan will cost $57,500, according to the manufacturer, and will be available only at eight California dealerships. Only California residents can buy the car.

The purchase price includes an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on “key fuel cell vehicle components” and three years — or $15,000, whichever comes first — of fuel.

Toyota says “Power On-Demand” Mirais won’t appear until late 2016, in which the car acts like a mobile, hydrogen-powered electric generator. According to the automaker, the Mirai may be able to power electrical devices — or a home — for “a limited time.”

The Mirai is eligible for a $5,000 rebate in California.

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  • AMDBMan AMDBMan on Jul 13, 2015

    If it were coming from a French manufacturer like Citroen or Renault (maybe just Citroen) the design might make more sense. And people might be willing to call it beautiful.

  • Joeveto3 Joeveto3 on Jul 13, 2015

    Imagine going on a bender and waking up with one of these in your garage. Holy cow. And that's the only way I could imagine such an acquisition being made, though I'm uncertain how much, and of what, it would take to get me there. I imagine one person would have to hold up my head while another grasped my hand, with pen clenched, and did their best to imitate my signature. It would be the automotive equivalent of passing out in a frat house and waking up with your eyebrows shaved and genitals drawn on your face with a Sharpie. And for me, I'd rather walk around with semi permanent johnsons on my face than having to look at this every day. The former would be easier to explain and much less indicative of questionable character. I could still get that babysitting job I don't want. Ever. But not if I show up to the interview with this piece. I understand wanting to be different and have your product stand out from the crowd, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it. This is very much the wrong way. What's worse, as it stands, Toyota doesn't do the best job of creating new and fun and stylish. Their Brand is anything but. I like Toyota and even I have to admit most of their stuff, for the past 8 years, at least, has been staid at best, bizarre at worst. They created, what I assume is intended as a halo car, and yet, they went out of their way to make it as ugly as possible. If this was a video game, or Toyota was going to a costume party, it would be a fun goof. But this is business, and I imagine there are hundreds of millions of dollars, and tens of thousands of hours wrapped up in this piece. What a shameful waste of resources, because the technology deserves a closer look and a shot at viability. But these maniacs chose to make it beyond polarizing (honestly, does anyone like it?) and instead went as far off the deep end as possible, and in doing so have ensured the Brand is damaged even further. Who is calling the shots at Toyota?

    • SlowMyke SlowMyke on Jul 14, 2015

      While I agree the styling is an assault on everyone's eyes and good sense of taste, ugly design is not the worst part about this car. It's the fcv tech under the hood. Automakers have been screwing around with this tech for almost two decades now, and this is the first vehicle available to the (very limited and very Californian) public to showcase it? Can you count the Honda thing that came and went? In the same amount of time electric vehicles have gone from an idea to a novelty to a legitimate option for many people. Nearly every automaker offers at least one electric and/or electric hybrid vehicle option. There is infrastructure and momentum there. Hydrogen fcv's are destined to be a still-birth concept. I understand the need to develop new means of energy for transportation, but this seems like everything is stacked against it, including reality.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 14, 2015

    Presumably they'll set up a sales booth outside Stevie Wonder's house.

  • 415s30 415s30 on Jul 18, 2015

    Oh I saw it at the Toyota Megaweb a month ago. Not bad looking, not exciting.