Feb 062017

2017 Toyota Mirai - Toyota’s hydrogen-powered car

In 2014, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota unveiled its Mirai hydrogen-powered car. Since then, it has been offered for sale in certain parts of the United States along with Japan, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and Norway. However, it seems Toyota’s hydrogen-powered car may be heading off to new parts of the world soon.

Toyota is collaborating with top energy companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to start testing the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles in the region. The first hydrogen station will be built in the country, with construction to begin in May. Once the station is finished, the Toyota Mirai will undergo intense testing in the UAE’s hot climate.

The introduction of the Mirai is part of the UAE’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions. The Mirai only emits water. In addition, it fuels up just like a traditional car instead of needing to be plugged in. Along with that benefit, the Mirai has a longer driving range than traditional EVs. It has an estimated driving range of 312 miles with a full tank of hydrogen.

Along with its worldwide expansion, Toyota is working with energy developers here in the United States to increase the hydrogen infrastructure. In fact, hydrogen stations are under construction right here in the Northeast.

Would you ever consider driving the Toyota Mirai?

Dec 182015

Turning trash into carsThere are many more sources of harmful emissions than just cars. Decomposing trash in landfills, for example, produce enormous amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas.

Now, Toyota is taking out two birds with one stone by converting some of that methane into electricity at its Georgetown, KY, manufacturing plant.

The automaker is committed to largely eliminating CO2 emissions from its vehicles and plants by 2050 by launching new cars like the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and using alternate energy sources like solar, wind, and local renewable energy.

After fleshing out a plan in 2010 with Waste Services, Toyota began building a generator at the Central Kentucky Landfill last year, which has just come online. After burning the methane, an underground line takes the electricity produced around 6.5 miles to the plant, truly turning trash into cars.

“We will generate one megawatt (1 million watts) per hour at the site,” said Dave Absher, Toyota’s environmental strategies manager. “That’s enough annual energy generation to produce approximately 10,000 vehicles. The system can eventually be scaled up to 10 megawatts per hour.”



Dec 042015

Toyota using compressed natural gasEvery Toyota we sell at Hurlbert Toyota can be appreciated for its high fuel economy and low emissions—and now Toyota Transport, the automaker’s vehicle transportation trucking company, is working toward making your new Toyota cleaner before you even start it.

As part of a joint collaboration with Peterbilt and Cottrell, Inc., Toyota designed its first car hauler that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The benefits are clear: the truck emits 85% less overall particulate matter and 10% less carbon dioxide, technically making the cars it transports to the dealership even cleaner than they already are.

Even though the alternate-fuel tanks take up a lot of space, Toyota and Peterbilt and Cottrell were able to modify the truck so that no vehicle hauling space was compromised.

The truck will drive around 8,000 miles per month and will be compared to the company’s current diesel transportation trucks based on performance and efficiency.

“We started exploring the CNG option more than three years ago, and it has been worth the wait,” said Kirk Welch, Senior Analyst, Toyota Transport Compliance. “Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and will help Toyota advance our environmental efforts to reduce fleet emissions.”