Are we ready for Hydrogen fuel cell cars? Toyota thinks so and releases the Toyota Mirai this Fall in California beating the Tesla electric cars in range.
Toyota will bring a hydrogen fuel cell car on the market starting this fall in California. Fuel Cell cars have been in development for decades. Toyota is now taking them on the market starting this fall in California. The Japanese car maker comes in with a bang touting the Mirai as the longest driving range of any Zero Emission Vehicle on the Market including Tesla's electric cars. The Tesla Model S reaches 270 miles range.
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"Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile," said Lentz. "Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly twenty years ago, the Mirai is now poised to usher in a new era of efficient, hydrogen transportation."
The Toyota Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan with performance that fully competes with traditional internal combustion engines, but uses no gasoline. Instead, Mirai creates electricity on demand using hydrogen, oxygen and a fuel cell, and emits nothing but water vapor in the process. The world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle comes with three years' worth of complimentary fuel amongst other complementary services.
The hydrogen fuel supply network is the main issue that blocks hydrogen car from rolling out quickly. The reason why the Mirai rolls out in California first is the Hydrogen stations program the Californian government is supporting. California will spend $200 million on hydrogen stations. By the end of this year 20 new hydrogen stations will be created and another 20 in 2016. The overall plan calls for 100 stations.
A big advantage of hydrogen cars is the quick fill up at a station. It only takes 5 minutes.
Californians can start pre-order a Mirai this Summer here starting at $57,500.
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BMW has shown off hydrogen fuel cell cars this month. The Bavarian car maker has partnered with Toyota developing hydrogen fuel cell systems.