When life gives you lemons, make hydrogen.

With first California-market Mirai fuel cell vehicles to be delivered in October, Toyota says the tally is up to 1,100 requests out of 30,000 inquiring shoppers. And, it runs on lemonade.

Not really, but a video as part of Toyota’s Runs on Everything campaign presents a little skit with kids who sell off their lemonade to a person to use in hydrogen production.

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“Our latest hydrogen experiment is a sweet one,” Toyota said to Edmunds.com in text accompanying the video.

In case anyone wonders, Toyota does include a disclaimer that the Mirai won’t really run on lemonade. It needs to be converted to gaseous hydrogen, but it can and has been done, says the automaker.


The Mirai is about the size of a Camry, seats four, and costs $58,325 including destination fee of $825. A 36-month lease of $499 per month requires $3,649 at signing.

“With combined state and federal incentives of $13,000 available to many customers, the purchase price could potentially fall to under $45,000,” said Toyota.