2016 Toyota Mirai in Birmingham AL

Toyota’s New Hydrogen Powered Car

Is the 2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen fuel cell car worth the wait?

Just like Prius was the first out of the gate with Hybrid technology, Toyota hopes its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a step in the right direction. It won’t be a large release, but it will make waves. Toyota takes the first step toward unleashing an emissions-free vehicle with the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell car. The hydrogen-powered vehicles will initially come with a hefty price tag but should become very affordable within the next decade.

Serra Toyota of Decatur has seen the incredible growth of the Prius first hand. Today, we carry a large selection of new Toyota Prius cars. From an upstart little Hybrid, the Toyota Prius has remained popular for its incredible fuel efficiency and performance.

Using hydrogen and oxygen from the air, vehicle fuel cells create electricity to power an electric motor. Hydrogen fueled vehicles emit only heat and water and are considered a Zero Emission Vehicle. Fuel cell technology has been used before in indoor vehicles, like forklifts, where the integrity of the air quality and clean emissions is very important.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimated the cost of fuel cell automobiles has fallen eighty-percent since 2002. But until production ramps up on a very high scale level, the cost of fuel cell vehicles will remain relatively high. Toyota has already done a fantastic job to keep the cost of the new Mirai much lower than expected. Previous estimates thought the Mirai may have an initial price tag around $100,000. Fuel cell drivers could also make up for costs through government incentives and cheap fuel costs.

Many critics of fuel cell technology do exist, including the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk. We wouldn’t bet against the company that pioneered in Hybrid technology and made the Prius a mainstay in the auto industry.

No matter how drastic automobiles change in the next ten to fifteen years, you can be sure that Toyota of Decatur will be there for you every step of the way. Our commitment to customer service will never change. When these vehicles are ready for the showroom, our team will be well read to answer all of your questions — there’s sure to be a few!