Toyota’s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, has set a new record for the greatest driving range of a zero-emissions car
The Mirai is now a record-breaker, with an estimated driving range of 312 miles on a single tank – further than any other zero-emissions car on the market, none of which even reach 300 miles.
Jim Lentz, Toyota’s North America CEO, announced the results at the Aspen Ideas Festival in July. He said, “Toyota realised in the early 90s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile. Just as Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly 20 years ago, Mirai is now poised to usher in a new era of efficient, hydrogen transportation.”
Rather than petrol, the Mirai runs on electricity created on demand using hydrogen pumped into the car and stored in carbon-fibre fuel tanks. From there, the hydrogen travels to the fuel cell where it meets air drawn into the car by the front intake grilles. The hydrogen and the oxygen react, creating electricity, which is sent to the motor to power the car. And the only by-product of creating electricity with hydrogen and oxygen? Just water. H2O.