It wasn’t so long ago that FCEV saloons were barely beyond the concept stage and costing their makers seven figures to make – per car. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Mirai is therefore that in entry-level form it can be bought for around £50,000.
For such a credible semi-luxury saloon of competitive performance and range that exists right at the technological vanguard of its genre, it’s an exceptionally low asking price. Moreover, since the last generation, the Mirai also seems to have found its own relaxed and effortless character – one that truly suits it.
What makes the Mirai more laudable still is that Toyota is operating in an arena that does without the groundswell of industry-wide unity currently being enjoyed by BEVs, with all the benefits that brings. Perhaps that’s why the case for the Mirai is currently hamstrung not by any major shortcomings of the product itself, but by an embryonic fuelling network.
Yes, the car’s packaging also needs improving, and the business of premium long-distance zero-emissions transport is still better left to big-battery luxury EVs, but the Mirai is a courageous endeavour, and one with the trappings of future acceptability.