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?

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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