Monday, 21 October, 2019

Toyota unveils next-generation Mirai fuel cell sedan for Tokyo Motor Show

The 2021 Toyota Mirai is built on a rear-wheel drive platform The 2021 Toyota Mirai is built on a rear-wheel drive platform
Emmett Howard | 12 October, 2019, 01:11

There are substantial upgrades to Toyota's fuel cell technology that powers it, liberating a 30 percent range boost for the second-generation auto to give it a theoretical maximum of 650km from a single tank of hydrogen.

A big 12.3-inch main display sits proud atop the dash, flanking a large digital instrument display behind the steering wheel. That's steep for what is essentially a non-premium compact sedan, so for the car's redesign Toyota has taken a more upmarket path.

Tellingly, the new Mirai is built on Toyota's modular TNGA platform, one shared with everything from the Prius to the Camry, helpfully reducing per-unit production costs of a model that has always been a loss-leader due to its expensive hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain.

Toyota has completely ditched the Prius-like styling for a completely new look.

This time around Toyota is aiming for performance and being more of a driver's vehicle. A camera-based rear-view mirror will be available, along with parking assistance and Qi wireless charging for your phone.

The Japanese company revealed a new version of its hydrogen-powered vehicle on Friday, doubling down on its bet that fuel cells will help secure Toyota's future as the industry comes under enormous pressure to slash carbon emissions. The cabin should be more luxurious too, the automaker promises, not to mention quieter on the road.

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Japan's biggest automaker has been developing fuel-cell vehicles for more than two decades, but the technology has been eclipsed by the rapid rise of rival battery-powered electric vehicles promoted by the likes of Tesla Inc TSLA.O .

Toyota has been slower than its peers to embrace electric vehicles, citing uncertain demand in key markets including the USA and technical hurdles that limit battery range and recharging times.

Yoshikazu Tanaka, Chief Engineer of the Mirai said " We hope this vehicle will bring us closer to creating a clean- energy society".

But this is more than just an attractive rebody of the old front-drive Mirai.

The British entrepreneur is scrapping plans to develop an electric vehicle.

Fuel-cell technology may be in its infancy compared to battery technology, but many experts believe that hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, rather than replacing BEVs, will coexist alongside them as part of a wider answer to the issues facing internal combustion engines. At least if the 2021 Mirai drives as well as it looks, that might be something that more people want to see changed. Currently, they only feature in California and Hawaii. The current model is mostly assembled by hand.

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