Order books for the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car have been open to California residents since July.

Between then and now, Toyota says customer requests have exceeded the number of cars allotted to the U.S. for the first year of production.

Toyota says it has received nearly 1,900 requests for Mirai build slots so far.

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However, the company only plans to import 1,000 Mirai sedans to the U.S. for the 2016 model year.

Toyota says it is currently reviewing the applications, and plans to deliver the first cars to customers later this month.

All applicants had to submit requests to a special Mirai order website, and then agree to be interviewed by a Toyota customer service representative.

2016 Toyota Mirai U.S. arrival

2016 Toyota Mirai U.S. arrival

Toyota previously said that eligibility would be determined by proximity to fueling stations, along with various other parameters.

Approved applicants place orders through one of eight California dealers authorized to sell the Mirai.

Four of those dealers are located in Northern California, while four are in the southern part of the state.

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Toyota will set up a waiting list for those who were not initially deemed eligible for a car.

The company still plans to deliver the first cars before the month is out, and has said that the rest of the applicants can expect to wait two to 12 months to receive their cars.

All Mirai production will take place in Japan, at the low-volume Motomachi plant that previously built the Lexus LFA supercar.

2016 Toyota Mirai U.S. arrival

2016 Toyota Mirai U.S. arrival

Toyota plans to deliver 3,000 Mirai sedans in the U.S. by the end of 2017.

The very first Mirai for the U.S. has already been spoken for, though.

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That build slot was auctioned off for charity last fall--before Toyota had even revealed the "Mirai" name.

Subsequent customers will pay a sticker price of $57,500, though most are expected to lease rather than buy outright.

Toyota said it expects nine out of 10 customers to opt for the $499 monthly lease (with a $3,469 down payment).


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