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Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle revealed and it looks unbelievable

Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle revealed and it looks unbelievable

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The new Mirai model boasts longer driving range than its predecessor and completely redesigned fuel cell stack and hydrogen tanks, the company was quoted as saying.

Toyota's Mirai fuel-cell sedan has been revealed in concept form, ahead of its complete redesign for the 2021 model year.

Ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show starting on October 24, Toyota revealed a prototype of the brand new hydrogen sedan built on the same platform as its luxurious Lexus model's LS coupe. More hydrogen stations are needed to promote the wider use of fuel-cell vehicles.

Powered by hydrogen, Mirai's only emission is water.

Rival automakers such as General Motors Co.in the USA and BMW AG in Europe have invested in fuel cell technology but are prioritizing EVs in their current and future zero-emission products. Toyota began its fuel cell development around the same time as the original Prius 20+ years ago, and the Mirai shares some of the technology & components from the company's hybrid program.

Toyota led the world with the introduction of the hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan in 2014.

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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.

Inside, we get more hints of the Mirai's LS roots with the most obvious hints being the massive 12.3-inch widescreen display and digital instrument cluster and high level of appointment.

"I hope this vehicle will help realize a hydrogen-energized society", said Yoshikazu Tanaka, the Mirai's chief engineer.

Set to make its first public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, the second-gen Toyota Mirai you see here might say "concept" in its name, but this is no auto show one-off - it's expected to be wholly representative of the production vehicle that will go on sale next year in Japan, Europe and the United States. And with the 2021 Toyota Mirai, the Japanese carmaker is hedging its bets on hydrogen fuel cell technology.

In a partnership with Toyota and Royal Dutch Shell, Shell has four hydrogen filling stations in California and is now working with the support of the State of California, to further develop its hydrogen refuelling network.

The boost comes from an improvement in the way the fuel cell system performs and increased hydrogen storage capacity. Toyota, though, has some good news, as it states that hydrogen stations are set to open up in the Northeast and "other areas".

We'll update this article when we know more.


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