Using hydrogen as fuel to generate electricity, the Mirai achieves superior environmental performance with the convenience and driving pleasure expected of any car
Toyota has developed a car running on hydrogen fuel cell and it is expected to hit the streets late this year, a press statement from the Japanese car maker said.
Called the Mirai, Japanese for “future,” the car was first launched in Japan on Dec. 15, 2014.
Takayuki Yoshitsugu, head of the Toyota UAE, Middle East and North Africa representative office, the Mirai, a four-door mid-size sedan, is a “pivotal moment in automotive history” as it gives new meaning to the term environmentally-friendly being a vehicle the emits nothing but water vapor but runs just as good as internal combustion cars.
“The Mirai was conceived to establish a future filled with vehicles that would diminish dependence on conventional fuels and reduce environmental harm,” he said.
It runs on a groundbreaking hydrogen fuel cell and can travels up to 482 kilometres on a full tank.
The Mirai utilises the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which makes use of fuel cell and hybrid technologies, and includes Toyota’s own FC Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.
Most interesting is that hydrogen, which powers this car, can be sourced from an extensive range of natural resources and manmade byproducts including sewage sludge. It can also be created from water using natural renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.
Experts say fuel cell vehicles can generate their own electricity from hydrogen making it quite possible to make oil obsolete in as far as the automotive industry is concerned.
The Mirai will be available in Europe and the United States by end of this year. Officials said they expect Toyota UAE, Toyota Dubai, Toyota Saudi Arabia and other Toyota outlets in the Gulf to have them as well.