With the upcoming release of the second-generation Mirai sedan, Toyota is showing the US automotive community that fuel-cell powered vehicles is uncharted territory no more. The company recently announced via Twitter that the model is set to arrive this December in the US.
However, the model will not be sold across the nation. The current-generation Mirai is only available in California and Hawaii as they are the only states with a decent hydrogen fueling network. More than likely, the upcoming Mirai will also be sold in these two states.
But this doesn’t mean Toyota is not looking to expand the Mirai’s reach. In a previous interview with online magazine Roadshow, the automaker said it is planning to work with a few Northeastern US states to establish a hydrogen supply chain off the ground.
Regardless, Toyota confirmed it will be offering two trim levels for the model: XLE and Limited. Official pricing is not yet available, but the XLE will be the base model, while the Limited will be equipped with accessories that improve driving comfort. The sedan features attractive styling and overall body shape, thanks to its new rear-wheel platform.
Moreover, the new Mirai will come with a larger hydrogen fuel cell, which translates to a longer estimated driving range versus the current model. The estimate of additional range is at 30%; meaning about 400 miles for a tank of hydrogen.
Toyota is expected to release more information about the 2021 Mirai in the coming weeks ahead of its arrival.