“For us, it’s about being at the cutting edge of change,” said Marianne Ellis. “It’s a chance to support environmental causes and clean energy, while showing it’s possible to make a car like this part of your lifestyle.”
The Toyota Mirai is an all-electric, four-door, mid-size sedan that emits nothing but water vapor. Mirai’s fuel cell stack combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers the vehicle. It takes about five minutes to refuel and has a range of up to 300 miles.
“The first Toyota Mirai drivers will be trailblazers and lead drivers into the future,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president, automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We’re excited to have David and Marianne lead the fuel cell movement in Los Angeles.”
Proceeds from the vehicle auction benefited EMA environmental programs. EMA President Debbie Levin said participants like Marianne and David Ellis show the willingness of influential Los Angeles residents to learn and embrace new environmentally focused technology.
“We hear so much enthusiasm and demand to be part of the next big thing in sustainable technology,” Levin said. “Through the Prius, Toyota has established the credibility to set off a whole movement around fuel cell technology and the Mirai.”
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