Toyota is lowering the threshold for running on hydrogen.

For example, when you purchase the Mirai hydrogen car, you get a refueling service and you can now even lease your own petrol station with it.

In addition, the new generation of the Toyota Mirai is priced much more cheaply than the previous one.

While most car brands do not (yet) see hydrogen for the time being, Toyota continues to develop bravely.

The second-generation Mirai, which starts on sale this month, has a much tighter line, and it has been made lower, wider and longer.

In length it even makes a difference of 8.5 centimeters to reach an impressive 4.97 meters.

Together with the long nose, deeply cut wheel arches and a steeply sloping roofline, this results in a fairly impressive, dynamic appearance.

The Mirai has also been thoroughly overhauled under the skin and in the interior.

The somewhat cluttered and busy dashboard of the original has been replaced by a much sleeker, modern looking whole.

The dashboard is largely covered with the same material as the seats and has a large, double screen combination on top.

There is plenty of space in the back for adults of average height, although the consequences of the compartment pulls are clearly visible.

Nevertheless, there is great news on a practical level, because with five seats, Toyota's hydrogen car can accommodate one more person than before.

The front seat position suits the dynamic car the Mirai wants to be.

The steering wheel is almost completely vertical, the center tunnel is high and the seats are relatively low.

The new Mirai looks more dynamic than before

The new Mirai looks more dynamic than before

Photo: Toyota

The new Mirai comes further

This lower seat is possible because the fuel cells are no longer under the seat, but in the long nose of the car.

The power generated there then disappears to the rear, because unlike its predecessor, the new Mirai is a rear-wheel drive.

When it comes to electric vehicles (EV), this FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) is not exactly fast.

With 182 horsepower and a 0-100 time of 9.2 seconds, you no longer make an impression these days, although accelerating is of course just fast and smooth.

In that respect, the Mirai drives like an EV.

The car rests for the first time on a version of the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) base, which is used in almost all new Toyota vehicles.

He also has to drive a lot more dynamically than before.

That is true, but it is still good to avoid the word sporty.

The dynamic is in the aforementioned sitting position and the good weight distribution, but also in the fine, communicative steering.

The chassis is emphatically comfortable.

Bumps are smoothed out in a way that even reminds a bit of air suspension, although the Mirai simply rests on coil springs.

It provides a total package that feels emphatically heavy.

The Mirai weighs about 2,000 kilograms, but not in a way that you experience as annoying.

The car is above all a wonderful mileage eater, which you feel under no circumstances deviates from its course.

By the way, he can maintain that mileage for a maximum of 650 kilometers at a time, which is 100 kilometers more than before.

This is due to the larger tank, while the car is also more efficient with hydrogen.

The Netherlands has only five petrol stations

A nice fact, but refueling remains a challenge with five hydrogen stations in the Netherlands for the time being.

By the end of this year, the number should have doubled, which in any case increases the chance that you live near such a station.

The Dutch government wants a network of two hundred hydrogen stations to exist by 2030, but the time has come.

To allay fear of the refueling problem, Toyota Netherlands offers buyers of the Mirai Launch Edition a genuine refueling service: those who live within 50 kilometers of a hydrogen station can have the car picked up, refueled and returned.

That could just be a solution for a number of business drivers, because from a fiscal point of view, such a hydrogen car is certainly interesting.

For example, more generous Vamil and MIA schemes apply to self-employed people than regular EVs and the low addition of 12 percent still applies to the entire purchase price.

"Refueling takes longer at your own petrol station: fifty minutes to be exact"

In addition to the refueling service, Toyota offers another opportunity to ease the pain of the shortage of gas stations.

Companies can order their own hydrogen filling station with the car, which is then realized on the company site.

Toyota Nederland (Louwman & Parqui) works together with Resato International from Assen for this.

This Dutch company supplies a small-scale filling point (FOS700) that makes it possible to refuel hydrogen at 700 bar on its own land.

This allows the Toyota Mirai to be refueled in an average of fifty minutes during working days on site - provided local requirements are met.

That is therefore less fast than at a regular hydrogen filling station, because you can be done there within five minutes, but you do not have to drive.

The filling station is available for purchase, but is also available in the form of a five-year operational lease, which includes financing, licensing, installation of the station, hydrogen delivery and maintenance of both the Toyota Mirai and the hydrogen filling station.

Speaking of which, the new Mirai is also much more competitively priced than its predecessor.

The cheapest version will soon cost 65,995 euros, making the car now suddenly cheaper than a Tesla Model 3 Long Range.

However, it is electric and can therefore be fully charged in many more places.

Click here for an extensive video report on the new Mirai, made by the AutoWeek editors.

Futuristic: the dashboard of the Mirai

Futuristic: the dashboard of the Mirai

Photo: Toyota