Lexus Taking Over From Mirai With Performance FCEV
While all-electric and hybrid vehicles are the more popular types of EVs at this point of time, it is a rather curious move from Toyota to keep insisting on pushing for hydrogen propulsion (FCEV).
The reason that the 2016 Toyota Mirai has failed to kick off has more to do with lack of support than poor capabilities.
Unlike Tesla, who built Superchargers according to the demand of the Model S, Toyota has not given the Mira sufficient charging infrastructure to make the FCEV commercially viable.
The automaker however remains adamant as its luxury arm Lexus is gearing up a potential replacement/variant for the Mirai with a high-output FCEV model in a couple of years.
This move comes on the back of the Lexus LC 500h gaining approval from all sides. The LC-FC concept, on which the LC 500/h is based, is going to arrive as an FCEV sedan that is built with performance and handling in mind.
There are definitely detractors of the LC-FC concept, but it is definitely more exciting than the Mirai in respect to design. Is Lexus going to learn from the mistake with the lack of support by investing in charging stations for its FCEV?