“This is not an alternative to a gasoline vehicle,” says Scott Samuelsen, an engineer and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California at Irvine. “This is a quantum step up.”
Samuelsen is referring to Mirai, Toyota’s new $62,000, four-door family sedan, powered by a polymer fuel-cell stack under the hood. Toyota hopes the Mirai will become the first mass-market hydrogen car.
Already on sale in Japan, it will be available in the U.S. and Europe in late 2015.