Today from Tokyo Toyota announced an increase in its Mirai fuel cell sedan’s production due to high demand.
The new plan calls for production to increase from the 2015 level of 700 units to approximately 2,000 units in 2016 and approximately 3,000 units in 2017.
Toyota says it has around 1,500 orders its first month in Japan. The car went on sale there Dec. 15, 2014. Anticipating demand in Europe and U.S. where it will be launched later this year, the decision was made to amp things up.
The Mirai’s roll-out generally will follow infrastructure. In California, for example, plans are underway to increase stations, and in other U.S. states governments and planners have also begin to prepare for hydrogen stations.
This is all good by Toyota – governmental involvement – as beyond mere refueling stations, the automaker said production increases will also take into consideration “energy policies, car-purchasing subsidies, consumer demand, environmental regulations, and other factors” in respective regions.