2016 Toyota Mirai: Easy To Refuel
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 25, 2016
Our 2016 Toyota Mirai is a very complex machine. Easily the most technologically advanced car in our fleet. Does that mean it's a pain to refill its carbon fiber hydrogen tanks?
Not in the least. In fact, it's easier to refill than a normal car.
That's because at most of the stations, like this one in Long Beach, California, you get your very own parking spot. You just pull up, swipe your card and hook up the nozzle.
It's a slightly different setup than your average pump. In this case, you push the nozzle onto a metal fitting and then squeeze the handle to clamp it down. At that point, you lift the handle and choose your filling pressure.
For a full tank, you choose the H70 high pressure side. If, for some reason, you only wanted half a tank, the H35 side will do the job.
Once you've started the process, the system pressurizes first and then begins filling. There are various noises from the pump, but none of them are much different than a regular gas pump. Once the tank is full, the pump stops and the video screen tells you to release the nozzle. That's it.
It takes about the same time as it does to fill a regular gas tank. After that, you're back to having 300+ miles or range depending on how you drive.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,314 miles