The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle from Toyota previously called the FC-V will henceforth be known as ‘Mirai’. Mirai in Japanese is called the future and considering the technology that this car has, one will agree with it. Prices aren’t out yet but Toyota has said that the Japan launch will happen on December 15 with the European customers able to purchase the car only after September 2015.
The Mirai is the next step in environment friendly vehicles. The car runs on hydrogen and is powered by electricity. This results in zero pollution. No CO2, no particulates, with the only emissions being that of water vapour. The Mirai uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which is essentially made up of Toyotas fuel cell stack and high-pressure tanks made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic storing hydrogen under extremely high pressure of 700bar. All this means that the car can go to a distance of 480km on a single tank of hydrogen before needing a refill, which is claimed to take only five minutes.
The manufacturer claims that all this environment friendliness has not resulted in a boring and unengaging drive. They say that the fuel cell hybrid is a pleasure to drive owing to its low centre of gravity. The electric motor has a max power output of 153bhp and gives the Mirai powerful acceleration as well as a fun-to-drive character.
This product from the world’s largest manufacturer is definitely something to look forward too and will spawn a new range of eco-friendly, four-door sedans. The company plans to make 50-100 models in a year.