Oct 072016
 

2016 Toyota Mirai - human waste into fuel - hydrogen powered

When it comes to fuel-efficient technology, it is clear that there’s no path Toyota won’t take. In fact, their new, hydrogen-fuel-powered Toyota Mirai vehicles can even be powered by – believe it or not – human waste.

The automaker is utilizing a wastewater processing plant in Fukuoka Japan to turn what was originally human waste into pure hydrogen, which is one of the cleanest ways to fuel cars. Hydrogen-powered cars do not even produce greenhouse gases.

In the United States today, there are about 30 different hydrogen-fueling stations available across the country, most of which are concentrated in New York and Los Angeles. But if there is one thing that all Americans truly have in common, it’s their ability to produce waste.

Sadly, it doesn’t look like there are currently any plans to turn human waste into fuel for Toyota Mirai cars in the United States, but that could change. What other resource is so plentiful? It just makes logical sense to turn waste into energy whenever possible.

Want to learn more about what technology Toyota is working on? Contact us or just visit us anytime at Hulbert Toyota, where we can show you all the newest Toyota tech, and maybe even take you out on a test drive!

Oct 142015
 

Toyota Mirai FCV Concept

When Toyota began making plans for the release of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell car, the company predicted it would only need to allocate 1,000 units for the US market. Instead, the US Toyota Mirai demand is far higher than anticipated, causing some customers to have to sign up for a wait list.

In total, Toyota has received over 1,900 orders for the 2016 Mirai from the US market. However, due to the limited amount of models set aside for the US market, not everyone will be receiving their Mirai on time. The website that had been used to place orders only two months ago is now presenting potential buyers with the opportunity to sign up for a wait list. These wait list consumers will be notified when production is available.

Toyota already announced this past January that the company would need to increase production of the 2016 Mirai in an attempt to scramble to keep up with overwhelming global demand for the fuel cell hybrid. One thing is for sure, global Toyota Mirai demand spells success for the hybrid and for the company as a whole. Learn more about the ground-breaking car at Hurlbert Toyota!

Jul 202015
 

Toyota Mirai FCV Concept

With the innovative, potentially game-changing Toyota Mirai coming out later this year, you can bet hydrogen-powered cars are going to be all the rage. Just like when EVs became popular, the question “How do hydrogen cars work?” is sure to be a popular one soon, so here’s a basic rundown.

Hydrogen cars run on hydrogen gas, which is stored in pressure tanks in the vehicle and then passed through a fuel cell stack, where the hydrogen reacts with oxygen to generate electricity. From here, the electricity powers the motor.

Hydrogen cars have an electric battery used to help the car accelerate, but it’s much smaller than the battery in EVs and doesn’t need to be recharged, as regenerative braking and excess electricity from the hydrogen recharge it while driving.

This reaction inside the fuel cell stack releases nothing more than water vapor, so hydrogen cars have zero tailpipe emissions, and the Toyota Mirai has a better mileage range than any zero-emission car on the market at 312 miles. Hydrogen cars are one of our most efficient options, and they’re definitely going to stick around!

May 042015
 

Toyota Mirai FCV Concept

According to a recent announcement, the brand new 2016 Toyota Mirai model – a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle that emits only water out of its tailpipe – set the pace for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on April 25th.

This makes the innovative 2016 Mirai the first ever hydrogen-powered pace car at a NASCAR race. The Toyota Mirai pace car set the standard for the racers, but it is also setting a standard for green driving.

The Mirai led the Sprint Cup Series field all the way to the green flag at the Richmond International Raceway. The decision to include the Mirai represents an enormous shift in technology: the first utilization of a hydrogen-powered vehicle in NASCAR.

However – it’s worth nothing that this sort of game-changing moment isn’t new for Toyota, who also brought the first ever hybrid car to pace a NASCAR race in 2009, for the Coca Cola 600. What could be next?

Mar 232015
 

Toyota Mirai

Toyota has big plans for the Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle, and they just might be on to the next big thing in alternative fuel. As the Mirai takes off in Japan, here in the U.S. we are preparing for the FCV’s debut in just a few short months. Here is what you need to know about the Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle before it becomes available right here in the U.S.

  1. It requires no gasoline. FCVs run off of electricity generated by the chemical reaction between hydrogen (held in a pair of high-pressure hydrogen fuel tanks) and oxygen pulled in from outside. That electricity is then sent to the electric motor. The emission is H2O, nothing more than water vapors are released through the tailpipe.
  2. Refueling is fast. Unlike electric cars, which can take hours to charge, hydrogen refueling stations don’t take more than three to five minutes. Another bonus? The car comes with three free years of fuel and maintenance!
  3. It takes no special skills or knowledge to drive. The Mirai is just like gasoline-powered cars in many ways. The first time you sit inside the cockpit, you’ll feel right at ease.
  4. The hydrogen refueling network is expanding. Currently, California offers a fairly extensive network of refueling stations, which is where the Mirai will first be available for sale. That network will undoubtedly expand nationwide thanks to a number of automakers and companies committing to investing in FCV technology.
  5. It offers an extended driving range. The Mirai is expected to earn 60 mpg-equivalent. That means that early adopters in California won’t have to worry about regular commutes – fill ups would be required less-often than in a gasoline car.

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Still have questions? We invite you to visit us here at Hurlbert Toyota, where we will help you to decide if a future fuel cell vehicle might be right for you.

Mar 092015
 

 

Toyota FCV Concept

The Toyota FCV Concept that led to the Mirai.

The future is looking a whole lot brighter with Toyota’s ‘bright green’ new technology. We are of course talking about hydrogen fuel which is stored in cells and used in the new hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai, which is slated for production starting this year. This move marks “a turning point in automotive history,” according to Toyota.

The fuel cell that Toyota is bringing to market will not only drive farther than most battery cars, but fill-up (with hydrogen) in mere minutes instead of charging batteries which can take hours. The Mirai will use compressed hydrogen to propel the car around 300 miles at which time it can be refilled in approximately five minutes. One of the more appealing aspects to this Toyota is that it will be burning hydrogen, along with a catalyst, then emitting pure water.

Toyota will build 700 of the Mirai this year and will be available for a staring price of $60,000 starting in Japan and soon making its way to the States. Stay tuned for more exciting Toyota breakthroughs at Hurlbert Toyota, where your future and ours move forward together.

Dec 082014
 

Toyota Mirai

If you’re looking for a new eco-friendly car, it’s likely that you’ve considered the all-new Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle. This was definitely the case for Marianne and David Ellis, the two lucky individuals who recently won a brand-new Mirai, making them the first ones to get behind the wheel of the brand-new vehicle.

 

These two Toyota Mirai winners have been supporters of going green for years and were recently looking for a new eco-friendly car. While at the annual Environmental Media Awards earlier this year, Marianne Ellis bought the winning ticket as a potential 30th wedding anniversary gift—and it looks like it was a great choice!

 

“For us, it’s about being at the cutting edge of change,” said Marianne Ellis. “It’s a chance to support environmental causes and clean energy, while showing it’s possible to make a car like this part of your lifestyle.”

 

The Mirai combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity to power the vehicle. With a range of 300 miles, the fuel cell vehicle only emits water vapor as exhaust, keeping the environment safe.

 

If you’re interested in going green like Marianne and David Ellis, come to Hurlbert Toyota. While we don’t have a Mirai to offer, we still have plenty of fuel-efficient models for you!