Just when you thought the Prius was the greenest car of all, a brand new Toyota has come along and stolen the spotlight. The Toyota Mirai was recently crowned the World Green Car of the Year at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and has left many experts declaring it to be the future of auto manufacturing. Here we will take a closer look at what the fuss is all about.
What is so special about the Mirai?
From an energy-efficiency perspective there has never been a car quite like the Mirai. It boasts a stunning range of almost 500km, refuelling is quick and easy (requiring less than 5 minutes) and the Mirai can go from 0 – 60mph in just 9.1 seconds. Its fuel cell electric drivetrain mixes hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity to power the vehicle and, incredibly, while it can generate up to 153 horsepower its only emissions are water vapour. Aerodynamic styling keeps drag to a minimum, further maximising efficiency, and its optional Power Take Off (PTO) feature means the Mirai can even act as a mobile generator if needed, providing enough energy to power household essentials for up to a week.
The World Green Car of the Year Award
Considered part of the World Car of the Year Awards, the World Green Car of the Year was first given out in 2005 and for the last 12 years it has been used to recognise vehicles with the most environmentally friendly performance. It is voted on by a jury of 73 automotive industry journalists from 23 countries, making it one of the most highly respected awards, and it is usually announced as part of a major international auto show. The main considerations in deciding the winner of this illustrious award are fuel consumption, tailpipe emissions and the use of advanced power plant technologies aimed at boosting eco-friendly attributes.
Toyota at the World Car of the Year Awards
This isn’t the first year that Toyota has been recognised at the World Car of the Year ceremony; in fact, this is Toyota’s sixth podium appearance. The following is a brief look at Toyota’s track record over the past 12 years;
- 2006 – Toyota-made Lexus RX 400h named a World Green Car of the Year Finalist
- 2007 – Toyota-made Lexus LS 460 named World Car of the Year
- 2009 – Toyota iQ named a World Car of the Year Finalist
- 2009 – Toyota iQ named a World Green Car of the Year Finalist
- 2010 – Toyota Prius named a World Green Car of the Year Finalist
- 2016 – Toyota Mirai named World Green Car of the Year
The Toyota Mirai has certainly turned plenty of heads since its recent unveiling in New York, raising hopes that our roads could one day be 100% emissions free. While the Mirai is not yet available in Canada, Noral Toyota is proud to offer one of Canada’s finest selections of eco-friendly vehicles, so drop by and let us help you find a ride you can feel good about driving.