Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Toyota Doubles Down on Hydrogen

The 2021 Toyota Mirai is built on a rear-wheel drive platform The 2021 Toyota Mirai is built on a rear-wheel drive platform
Ginger Lawrence | 12 October, 2019, 22:44

While much of the buzz in the alternative fuel world is about battery-powered electric vehicles, some brands are continuing to develop other... alternative alternatives.

Toyota plans to sell 30,000 units of the "21 Mirai in its first year and is working to increase its presence in the US" Northeast market through infrastructure expansion.

The revamped four-door sports sedan, to be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show that will open October 24, will be launched in Japan, North America and Europe. Toyota claims increased body rigidity and a lower centre of gravity than the original Mirai.

But their relatively high prices and the lack of hydrogen stations have prevented the vehicles from reaching a mass market.

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"We have pursued making. a auto that has emotional and attractive design appeal, as well as dynamic and responsive driving performance that can bring a smile to the faces of drivers", said Yoshikazu Tanaka, the Mirai's chief engineer. The hydrogen tank can be refilled at a hydrogen filling station. The new Mirai will also come with the company's recently announced 10-year (150,000 miles) transferable warranty and, possibly, free hydrogen refueling for the first three years of ownership, like the offer on the current model.

The new Toyota Mirai has an all-digital instrument panel, a large 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated and cooled front seats, wireless charging, and a dash-mounted shifter.

Instead of relying on a heavy lithium-ion battery pack to power electric motors, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles work by combining hydrogen in fuel cell to produce electricity. According to Toyota, it also upgraded the rest of the interior and the warm, comfortable ambience will "arouse even more desire for long journeys and journeys". What this means is a sportier driving feel with particular emphasis on handling, which is a good thing to have in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Currently, they only feature in California and Hawaii. Along with the vehicle, Toyota has been supporting the growth of hydrogen fuel infrastructure in its key markets.

Numerous world's top carmakers may be racing to make plug-in electric vehicles in response to the climate crisis, but Toyota is hedging its bets by backing an alternative source of power for its cars. But compared to the old Mirai, the updated fuel stack is now capable of storing more hydrogen. Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018. Before we get to the juicy bits, kudos to Toyota for coming up with a hydrogen vehicle that people might actually buy.