The first 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car in the U.S. was delivered on November 9. The owner is Glenn Rambach, a 70-year-old engineer specialized in hydrogen fuel cells. He lives in Roseville, in the north of Sacramento. Since then, the japanese automaker has already delivered 21 more units of the Mirai to customers in the Golden State.
Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, is beginning to find traction among consumers, because of its high efficiency, with the ability to travel more than 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen fuel. The brand has received more than 2,000 expressions of interest in the Mirai thus far. In California, subsidies are being offered and the state continues to expand its hydrogen fuel infrastructure.
The Japanese automaker has plans to sell more than 30,000 units of the Mirai throughout the world by 2020. When the automaker first launched the Mirai in Japan, demand for the vehicle was unexpectedly high. This resulted in Toyota increasing production on the Mirai in the hopes of accommodating consumer interest. The company has also launched a new plan to phase out conventional vehicles that run on traditional fuels, with these vehicles becoming a thing of the past by 2050.