Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda delivered the first Mirai fuel cell sedan to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
During the ceremony, Toyoda said: “This is a historic step and I’m truly excited. This will be a long journey, and to make this first step truly historic we will all need to work together.”
Toyota Mirai has racked up 1500 orders in the first month since its launch in Japan on December 15 last year.
Toyota Motor will more than quadruple annual output capacity for its Mirai fuel cell vehicle to 3,000 units by 2017, prompted by strong demand in Japan and plans to roll it out into other markets.
To help encourage the development of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles, Toyota recently made thousands of its global hydrogen fuel cell patents available to others, free of any royalties.