Toyota Mirai the first hydrogen car to gain plug-in grant

Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is the first of its kind to qualify for the government’s plug-in car grant, with others likely to follow. This is according to Roads Minister Andrew Jones who claims that the aim is to make "almost every car and van zero-emission by 2050."

The government’s £5,000 grant scheme runs until February 2016, after which a shake-up is expected to introduce a new tiered system. This will be based on emissions output and will likely include more fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

Around £7.5 million has already been invested by the government in hydrogen development to boost infrastructure and encourage more motorists to switch to the cleaner power source. An additional £500 million invested over the next five years will follow.

The Mirai is the world’s first mass-production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and takes the form of a classy saloon. Buyers can own it outright rather than ordering the car on a short-term lease deal. On top of the government grant and other advantages enjoyed from a zero-emission model, the Mirai also comes with a five-year/100,000 mile warranty with roadside assistance included.

Moving over to hydrogen power is an attractive proposition for motorists keen to minimise their carbon footprint. Like the Prius did for hybrid systems, the Mirai can bring hydrogen fuel to the mainstream. Find out more about it with the help of Lancaster Toyota.