Although many automakers are betting on electric vehicles to battle climate change, Toyota is focusing on an alternative power source for its new car models. The Japanese company unveiled an updated version of the Mirai, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle, on Friday.
The Mirai, a four-door sedan that was first displayed at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, has been redesigned to include "significantly greater range, improved driving performance, and an elegant, sporty design that offers increased passenger room and comfort," according to Toyota. The original model won the 2016 World Green Car of the Year Award, announced at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
The new version, which is built on the same platform as Toyota's luxury Lexus brand's LS sedan and LC coupe, uses compressed hydrogen gas, which is combined in a fuel cell with oxygen from the atmosphere to produce electricity that is stored in a battery. The only byproduct is water; therefore, hydrogen vehicles don't emit greenhouses gases.
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• 💧2021 Toyota Mirai 🔥⚡ • • • One of the most significant changes for the 2021 Mirai is its move to a rear-wheel-drive platform from a front-wheel-drive one. According to the automaker, the switch allowed designers to make a sedan that is longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model, and stronger, too. Twenty-inch wheels are standard. Toyota says coupes inspired the look of the new Mirai sedan while the stunning blue comes from a multi-layer painting process. • • Like the exterior, the 2021 Mirai’s interior sees a similar level of revitalization with a new design, high-quality materials. It’s a cleaner look that better fits the sedan’s sleek styling. The model also features an available digital rearview mirror, a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that includes navigation, and a 14-speaker JBL sound system. • • Toyota didn’t deliver details about the powertrain – a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. Toyota is targeting a 30-percent increase in range. The current, first-generation Mirai has around 310 miles. A 30-percent increase would give the new sedan about 400 miles of range. More powertrain details will likely come closer to the car’s launch when it goes on sale late next year. • • #toyota #mirai #toyotamirai #toyotagram #instatoyota #hydrodenfuelcell #greentechnology #saveearth #141 #likeforlike #instacars #instavehicles #instafollow #dallas #texas #us #unitedstates
Toyota still has high hopes for hydrogen-powered vehicles even as it has continued to expand its electric vehicle fleet. In June, the company announced that its goal was to have electrified vehicles account for roughly half of sales in the next five years.
Although the automaker still trails companies like Tesla and Volkswagen in terms of electric vehicle production, it does see the technology as the wave of the future. Last year, Toyota sold 1,000 electric cars last year, according to LMC Automotive, compared to the 220,000 that Tesla traded.
The new Mirai has an overhauled fuel cell stack that can store more hydrogen, which means the vehicle can go 30% further than its previous incarnation, which had a range of 312 miles on a full battery. Toyota has not revealed how long the new Mirai will take to charge, but the previous model took just 3 to 5 minutes.
Toyota says the car will launch in late 2020 in Japan, then in North America and Europe. Since its original launch in 2014, Toyota has sold about 10,000 Mirai units worldwide. Last year, 1,700 Mirais were sold in the US, and as of January 2018, Mirai sales represent more than 80% of all hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in operation in the US.