It's the most innovative car on the market today - and you'll receive a grant to help you buy it!
The new Toyota Mirai saloon has been confirmed as eligible for a £5,000 grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Mirai - the Japanese word for 'future' - uses a hydrogen fuel cell to generate the electricity required to drive it. By combining compressed hydrogen stored in the car's fuel tanks with oxygen from the outside air, the fuel cell can generate more than 100kW of electricity to either drive the electric motors in the front wheels or charge up an on-board nickel battery. The only thing that emerges from the Mirai's exhaust is water.
Nor does the Mirai simply shift harmful emissions upstream. Many hydrogen filling stations are creating hydrogen fuel on site, using wind turbines to generate the power required - so the Mirai can be considered to be the first true zero emissions vehicle.
With a full tank of hydrogen on board, the Mirai has a range of over 300 miles, at a fuel economy equivalent to more than 80mpg. Refuelling is just as easy as refuelling a conventionally-powered car, but the full tank only weighs around 5kg more than an empty one!
It becomes the first hydrogen-fuelled vehicle to join the OLEV grant list, alongside a selection of electric and plug-in vehicles, including the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
The grant reduces the Mirai's on-the-road price to £61,000, but customers can also choose to lease the Mirai, at a monthly cost of £750. This includes the car’s hydrogen fuel and routine servicing costs, along with a dedicated concierge service to help organise dealership visits.