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16 Jul 2015
3:32 pm

Toyota’s hydrogen powered Mirai can go the distance

Citizen Reporter

The new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has proved it can go the distance, achieving 3,5 litres per 100 km in official US combined city/highway driving calculations.

The new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Picture Supplied

In addition, it has an estimated driving range of 502 km on a single tank – a distance further for any other zero-emissions car on the market.

Jim Lentz, Toyota North America CEO, announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fuel economy rating for Mirai at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado this week. It confirms that Mirai is the only zero emissions electric vehicle on the market capable of exceeding 300 miles (480 km) on one fill.

Toyota's new hydrogen fuel cell, a ground breaker in green motoring. Picture: Supplied

Toyota’s new hydrogen fuel cell, a ground breaker in green motoring. Picture: Supplied

Lenz said: “Toyota realised in the early 90s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile. Just as Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly 20 years ago, Mirai is now poised to usher in a new era of efficient, hydrogen transportation.”

Mirai is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, a four-door saloon with performance that competes with traditional internal combustion engines. Instead of using petrol, Mirai runs on electricity created on demand by hydrogen fuel and oxygen. The only emission produced by this process is water vapour.