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Toyota reveals second-generation Mirai hydrogen fuel cell

An all-new Toyota Mirai hydrogen-powered fuel cell car has been revealed, with the Japanese brand targeting a 10-fold increase in global sales versus the first-generation car.

The new platform allows for an additional third hydrogen tank to be fitted, increasing the car’s range by 30% to around 400 miles, and Toyota said targets for its new model included “building more emotional appeal through design and driving quality”, while also improving packaging, in part due to what it said are “significant” reductions in the size and weight of the powertrain’s principal components. As with the previous model, the vehicle’s only tailpipe emissions are water.

Toyota described its new car as a vehicle that “takes fuel cell electric vehicle technology to a higher level and offers more emotional customer appeal in terms of dynamic, contemporary styling and more rewarding driving performance”.

The Mirai’s all-new underpinnings are claimed to give the car a lower centre of gravity and improved body rigidity, which help the dynamic performance, while efficiency is improved by better aerodynamics and lower rolling resistance tyres.

Toyota said that its innovation of a catalyst-type filter incorporated into the air intake, giving the Mirai “negative emissions” as the air is cleaner once it has passed through the car than it was beforehand, removing 90-100% of particulates of between 0-2.5 microns in diameter as they pass through the fuel cell system.

The first-generation Mirai was launched in 2014, and has been sold in severely limited numbers in the UK, costing over £65,000.

Green Tomato Cars is one of the biggest UK Mirai customers, having added a further 25 cars to its fleet of 27 in autumn 2019, at which point it had covered more than one million miles since the first two cars were taken on trial in 2015. Other notable fleets using the car include 21 deployed by the Metropolitan Police.

Toyota has not yet made it clear when the new Mirai will arrive in the UK or its projected pricing.


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