The new Toyota Mirai is one of the coolest eco-mobiles ever
Finally, a good-looking eco-friendly car
Over a decade ago, when Tesla introduced the first Roadster S, Elon Musk said the company was to show the world that you could create electric cars that are also fun. He had a point. The Toyota Prius, for example, had to carry the baton for eco-friendly vehicles on its own for a very long time and one of the reasons why people love to mock the Prius is that it always looked a bit tragic, especially the early generations.
The Mirai, one of the world's first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, faced a similar problem when it was introduced in 2014 because quite apart from anything else, it looked a bit dull, a bit dreary. I had the opportunity to drive a Mirai two years ago and I was impressed with how comfortable and smooth it was to drive, but a bit unimpressed with the looks. It was just another forgettable sedan.
Toyota, it seems, has been listening to critics and went back to the drawing board and came up with this, the new Mirai, which looks great.
I don't know where the new Mirai stands in terms of technology, or range, or what it can do that the old one couldn't. And to be honest I don't really care. I would care if I had to buy one, of course, but as somebody who just enjoys talking/writing/reading about cars, the reason I don't care is I looked at the design, and I thought "wow, that's pretty cool".
So well done, Toyota. You've created the Prius, the world's first mainstream hybrid, you've built the Lexus LFA, one of the best V10-powered cars the world has ever seen and now, finally, you've made the world's first hydrogen vehicle that's actually attractive.