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Toyota to quadruple original production capacity for Mirai FCV; 1,400 units already ordered

The Nikkei reports that Toyota will further boost its production capacity for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle to 3,000 units by 2017, based on demand in Japan and the company’s plans to introduce Mirai into other markets. In December 2014, the Nikkei reported that Toyota would invest some $165 million to triple capacity (earlier post); the new report envisions a quadrupling of the original plan.

Toyota had originally set production capacity at 700 units. Toyota makes fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks at its headquarters plant in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, and assembles the vehicle at a nearby factory.

In response to brisk pre-orders, the company decided ahead of the Dec. 15 release of the vehicle to raise the annual capacity to 2,100 units at the end of this year by investing about 20 billion yen ($168 million). Now, it will raise the volume further, to 3,000 in 2017 by spending several dozen billion yen on the two facilities.

The Nikkei reports that demand for the Mirai has been strong from municipalities, businesses and affluent consumers, with orders in Japan topping 1,400 units.

With an eye to meeting California ZEV regulations, Toyota plans to sell at least 3,000 Mirai vehicles in the US by the end of 2017.


SJC, be assured that I'll be here for the duration to remind people that EV batteries come with an 8 year 100,000 mile warranty to 10 year 150,000 mile warranty every time you bring up the specious point about EV battery replacement.

I'll probably throw in the fact that Tesla offers an unlimited mile warranty for Model S 85 battery. Just to make sure that everyone who reads your FUD posts gets the facts.

I've disclosed my professional interests, which can also be plainly seen on my profile. I invite you and DaveMart to do the same. Considering that neither of you drive a hydrogen vehicle, why the relentless promotion?



Compliments on what appears a comprehensive coverage of EV's in your? magazine. Definitely a need for this information.

There are often links and references on these GCC pages to educational and informative research - enough to keep us all learning for a few lifetimes.

Don't worry about the playground bitchiness - that is mostly tolerated well. Certainly with better grace over the 8 years or so that I have been following.

It can be seen as an opportunity to hone ones arguments and as well provides insight to peoples concerns, wishes, fantasies and moods. This should be useful information for communicators (that should be aspiration applicable to all of our species).

Many people I come across with a bit of information the odd degree or three (usually one sees them out) are intolerant of others views. (me included) This comes under the subject of 'Don't tolerate fools gladly'.

Coming from a trades background but also surrounded by folks with bigger noodle boxes, I am privileged to meet and hear hopefully with some familiarity if not quite understanding both perspectives.

The of lack understanding of integrated systems and technology at any more than than advertising hype (con) is particularly concerning but as this allows a way to the masses bank account and keeps a certain control of the masses through bling and glitter consumerism, by targeting our human vulnerabilities it is a successful formula.

Very well said Arnold and thanks for the kind words. I hope I can add to the conversation without provoking or contributing rancor.


For many decades we have used diesel engines for heavy long range vehicles, locomotives, ships and heavy machinery but mostly gasoline engines for light vehicles.

In the not too distant future, FCS may replace diesel engine units and EVs replace the gasoline engines?

Is that a strong possibility?

Roger Pham

Agree, Harvey, that FC will replace a lot of diesel and gasoline engines in the future. PHEV's will displace a lot of gasoline consumption, but will still require the gasoline engine on board. With charging available at work, only 25-mi-range PHEV's would be needed for 100% driving on electricity for daily commute, and that would be a lot more practical than a 100-mi range BEV because it requires 1/3 the amount of battery on board.

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