Toyota Mirai Named 2016 World Green Car of the Year
Anybody even remotely familiar with Toyota as a brand should know that they care very much about the environment and being one of the greenest automakers on the face of the planet. The fact that it was the Toyota Prius that first got the world thinking about green driving technology is where a lot of that identity starts, but over the course of the last two decades Toyota has done a lot in terms of developing fuel-efficient vehicles for the masses to consume. The 2016 Toyota Camry and 2016 Toyota Corolla, for example, are both among the most efficient automobiles in their classes, and the Prius hasn’t slowed down one bit as an elite green auto, either.
Most recently, though, Toyota released the Mirai, an alternative-fuel automobile that runs on hydrogen fuel cells and emits only water vapor, and while it isn’t necessarily the only automobile in the industry to use this new technology, it is apparently doing the best job making use of it, as it was named the 2016 World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show late last month.
To win, the vehicle has to be a completely-redesigned or new model actively working to boast elite green tech, and among the eight autos nominated this year the Mirai took home the prestigious accolade. The judging panel, comprised of over 73 top-level automotive journalists from 23 different countries, looks at tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption and the use of major advanced power plant tech beyond just the engine under the hood.
Taking those things into consideration, it’s no wonder that Toyota dealerships all over the country are anxious for the hydrogen fueling infrastructure to catch up to the demand for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The Mirai is a good car, and Pascagoula drivers deserve it just as much as drivers in California!