If the hydrogen car Toyota Mirai is now sold in Europe for 76 620 euros, then the new model – Toyota Mirai II – will be much more affordable: from 63 900 euros. The price drop will surely boost interest in the car (the Mirai II’s powerplant converts hydrogen by electrochemical reaction into electricity) – Toyota hopes to increase demand by 10 times. Although this is hardly achievable, and here’s why.
If you do not consider any subsidies, the Mirai II becomes cheaper than the same Model S (from 77,000 euros) by 10,000 euros. Still, at the same time, there are only about 100 “hydrogen filling” stations in the whole of Germany, while the stations which can be recharged by an electric car – more than 33,000! Not to mention the fact that the electric car can be charged at home or in the garage. With a comparable range (Toyota claims 650 km on a single charge), it’s easy to imagine what users will prefer, based on banal convenience considerations. It makes no sense to compare the dynamic characteristics of the Mirai II and Tesla (in general, any, not just Model S): the power of the Japanese car’s power plant is 174 hp.
And what about the cost of filling? Even here, the hydrogen car lacks any clear advantages: the cost of a full refueling of the tanks placed under the floor will amount to 53.2 euros. You can fill the tank of a car with a gasoline engine with almost 45 liters of fuel for the same money. In the case of a hybrid or a car with low gas mileage, a mileage of the same 650 km will be provided. The cost of charging an electric vehicle based on the same mileage is approximately 35 euros.
All in all, despite Toyota’s legendary reliability and all its environmental friendliness, the Mirai II is hardly a bargain. Toyota remains optimistic about its future, but the Mirai II, like its predecessor, is likely to be a niche car.