Toyota (NYSE:NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the USA and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Toyota developed the solid-polymer electrolyte fuel cells used in the first- and second-generation Mirai models, and, to help foster FCEV proliferation, the company has released its patents, royalty-free. Previewed as the 2021 Toyota Mirai Sedan Concept ahead of the second-generation car's full debut in late 2020, the new model promises an increase in range from its hydrogen drivetrain, along with more engaging driving dynamics. After 10,000 sales, that vehicle, the Mirai, is due to be replaced this year, and Toyota has released some preview images ahead of its official presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Toyota started testing two Mirai fuel cells in an electric Class 8 semi-trailer truck in the Port of Los Angeles in 2017 as part of Project Portal. However unlike with an ICE, the only emission from the Mirai is pure water. Our conundrum is where there is at least a link - albeit a tenuous one - between electric vehicles and driving thrills, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have still yet to form one.
Interestingly, Toyota isn't looking to win over batteries in current EVs with its fuel cells. Toyota has been designing fuel-cell vehicles for over twenty years.
Let's not pull punches: The first-gen Mirai looks like the unfortunate spawn of a Prius and a Dustbuster. It features a 12.3in central touchscreen and a digital instrument display, with numerous controls moved to the centre of the dashboard. Along with the auto, Toyota has been supporting the growth of hydrogen fuel infrastructure in its key markets.
The new vehicles has increased driving range by 30%.
Aside from its radical redesign, one of the most significant changes for the next-generation Mirai, however, would be its transition from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.
Improvements have been made to shrink the size of hydrogen fuel tanks and reduce the amount of costly platinum needed for fuel cell stacks. But unlike an EV, hydrogen-powered cars like the Mirai can be refilled in roughly five minutes. The vehicle will take center stage at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.