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  • Introducing A Revolution In Fuel Technology: The Toyota Mirai
  • 19 November 2014
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    Introducing A Revolution In Fuel Technology: The Toyota Mirai

    Ready for the roads in 2015, the Mirai by Toyota is the latest in a long line of innovatory models from the Japanese manufacturer. 

Ready for the roads in 2015, the Mirai by Toyota is the latest in a long line of innovatory models from the Japanese manufacturer. Poised to “do for fuel cell vehicles what the Prius did for hybrid”, the Mirai, or “future” in Japanese, is expected to launch hydrogen powered cars into the attainable mainstream and establish them as a regular sight on roads globally.

How Does It Work?

Using an electricity generator that harnesses power from hydrogen gas, the sedan styled car is powered by a 153 bhp fuel cell stack that emits only water from the exhaust. Capable of travelling an incredible 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, it takes a mere 3 minutes to refuel, meeting the demands of a modern lifestyle. By forcing the tank-stored hydrogen to react with oxygen channelled through the front grille, green power is obtained. Through combining the output of the fuel cell with the hybrid battery, the practical foundation of the world renowned Prius is enhanced, with the hydrogen fuel cell replacing the traditional combustion engine as the primary power source. The outcome is a chemical reaction between the oxygen and hydrogen that powers this revolutionary model to the forefront of pioneering green technology.

Blending Style and Performance

When measured against the industry benchmark of 0-62mph, the Mirai is incredible, accelerating to a sprint in under 10 seconds. With a top speed of 111mph, the sedan shaped exterior exudes confidence with a wide sporty grille that maximises air intake and subsequent fuel efficiency. Taking front styling tips from the Touring Sports Hybrid, the sweeping headlamps and aerodynamic lines present the car in a powerful stance. Standard spec safety equipment includes blind spot monitoring, a pre-collision system, lane departure alerts and drive start control, the later limiting sudden starts or acceleration when making gear shifts, resulting in a smother transmission. For comfort, there’s plenty of features that mean the Mirai isn't just about eco-friendly revelation. A heated steering wheel, heated front seats, air conditioning and a high-definition multi-information display mean that when driving you’re not only respecting the environment but your own driving experience.  

Set for initial release in Japan this coming December, Toyota have indicated expected release on European roads for September 2015 to ever mounting anticipation, indicated by initial reviews already scoring the Mirai an era defining design. 

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