The first five production Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles (earlier post) for Europe were unloaded in Bristol, UK and Zeebrugge, Belgium, respectively on 8 and 10 August. Already sold in Japan since last December, the Toyota Mirai will be launched in Europe from September in the UK, Denmark and Germany.
Mirai uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, and includes Toyota’s new proprietary fuel cell stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.
We are looking forward to the start of delivery of the first Mirai to customers from September and to see the future taking shape on European roads. As with Prius 15 years ago, we are proud to bring yet another groundbreaking innovation to Europe with Mirai.—Karl Schlicht, Executive Vice-President Toyota Motor Europe
Toyota is targeting annual sales of 50-100 units per year in 2015 and 2016. Markets beyond the UK, Germany and Denmark will be added from 2017 as the hydrogen infrastructure develops. Price is €66,000 (US$73,000) + VAT (Germany).