California officials drives hydrogen highway

California officials drives hydrogen highway

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, along with California Energy Commissioner Janea Scott and GO-Biz Deputy Director of Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Tyson Eckerle, led a caravan of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) through the San Joaquin Valley from Santa Monica to Sacramento to highlight the cars’ range and ability to travel and refuel from Southern to Northern California. Each official drove a Toyota Mirai or Hyundai Tucson FCEV.

The Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor. It has the highest EPA estimated driving range rating of any zero emission electric vehicle on the market, at 312 miles, and offers an EPA estimated 67 mpge city/highway/combined.

California customers can request a Mirai. Production of the Mirai is limited and vehicles will be placed with select, eligible customers. After placing a request, potential Mirai drivers will be contacted directly by a Toyota representative to discuss ownership and next steps.

MSRP will be $57,500 plus an $835 destination fee. In order to recognize our trailblazing customers who are participating in automotive history, a select group of qualified customers will be eligible for a Mirai Trailblazer support program. This program is designed to enhance the purchase and ownership experience by providing the following choices:

Trailblazer APR Support: 0% for 60 months + $7,500 or
Trailblazer Purchase Support of $7,500 , or
Trailblazer Lease: $499 per month for 36 months, $3,649 due at signing

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.