The Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle from Toyota was named 2016 World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show.
Although the U.S. market Mirai is only available at this juncture in California, and has sold very few, and has detractors saying plug-in cars are the most green, those considerations were not part of the judging.
Rather, the Mirai was culled from eight global vehicles and got the nod after factoring tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry) intended to increase the vehicle’s environmental friendliness.
Now in its 12th year, the World Car Awards program has previously named the 2010 Toyota Prius “Top Three in the World” for both the World Green Car and the overall World Car of the Year categories.
“Just as Prius changed the world nearly 20 years ago, the hydrogen-powered Mirai is ready to make history,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “With a range of over 300 miles per tank, a refueling time of under five minutes, and emissions that consist only of water vapor, Mirai is leading the world forward toward a more sustainable future.”