The drivers themselves were responsible for filling the car with hydrogen. They had all received a short explanation on how to fill the Mirai’s tanks with hydrogen. However, as there is not much difference between filling up a hydrogen car and a conventional diesel or gasoline car, the training necessary was minimal.
The drivers found refuelling a very easy and safe process. They recognised a major advantage of the Mirai over other electric vehicles. Instead of having to recharge overnight – and therefore be out of action – the Mirai refuels in just three minutes and was immediately ready to drive.
When the car stopped at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, the Mirai’s distinctive styling received many admiring stares from other car drivers or nearby passers-by. And eyebrows rose when the car sped away so silently. “During these occasions, the drivers really felt proud to be driving something unique and special,” adds Patrick.
However, at the end of the road test, Patrick was faced with a big headache. “None of the eight test drivers wanted to stop driving the Mirai. They all wanted to take it home with them for their own use!”