Toyota’s inclination towards developing hydrogen based electric vehicles has led to the creation of its Mirai sedan’s newest generation model. A prime example of the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle technology, the all new Mirai offers an even advanced overall performance with no emissions whatsoever, except water.
The future and scientific advancements in almost every field, including automobile industry, is dependent on creating solutions that make the best use of a resource as abundant and as useful as Hydrogen. Not only is it a sustainable option for the environment, it is also much efficient than every other source of renewable energy present with today’s technology. Toyota has been working keeping the same in mind, and creating a vision where the world is run on this plentiful resource.
Since it started it research in 1992, it bore fruit in the form of Mirai sedan of 2014, which has once again been enhanced for 2020. The new FCEV Mirai boasts a complete restructuration of its fuel cell system, which has increased the vehicle range to an astounding 650 kilometres. The increase in vehicle performance is much larger compared to other electric vehicles, making it a suitable option for those customers who wanted an electric vehicle but could not due to their driving range constraints.
Toyota has also combined two major aspects in this new Mirai- the FCEV tech and its GA-L platform. With this platform, the vehicle architecture has been redesigned to optimally place its fuel cell while retaining the best possible vehicle dimensions and design. Another aspect that completely supports GA-L is its smaller and lighter fuel cell stack as well as the fuel cell power converter. Smaller, but still offering greater power density than before (5.4 kW/l) – the stack frame has proved Toyota’s expertise gained over years of research.
Cuts on weight and material usage have inversely affected the vehicle output, the Fuel Cell DC-DC Converter and intelligent power model transistors though smaller have saved space and made the vehicle almost 35% lighter than its previous counterpart. A total of 84 cells in its lithium-ion high volt battery deliver an aggregate output of 31.5 kW ×10 seconds. The performance of this new Mirai is a result of advanced tech that it has been equipped with; however, advanced tech is not the only thing that bolsters its performance.
The new vehicle design as per GA-L platform has given the sedan a centre of gravity that is lower than before in addition to other features that assist its driving performance. The positioning of various elements and a lowered body make it much more stable and easier to control. Driver control and confidence are further boosted with the new 19 and 20-inch wheels that offer greater traction and firmness.
Designers have also improved its aerodynamic abilities with an exterior design that minimizes friction in spite of higher speeds. Promising ‘negative emissions’ on driving the new Toyota Mirai, the company has drastically expanded its customer appeal to reach the younger audience as well. This new sedan is as environmentally conscious vehicle as it is economical. Customers can own the all new Mirai at a price 20% lower than before.
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