Toyota gears up for new hydrogen car

Toyota, the biggest hybrid manufacturer in the world, has issued the biggest signal yet that hydrogen is the way forward.

This week the Japanese giant launched its new Mirai — a car that signals the start of a new age of vehicle propulsion.

Using hydrogen as fuel to generate electricity, the Mirai is said to achieve superior environmental performance with the convenience and driving pleasure expected of any car.

Toyota says the Mirai uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, and includes Toyota’s new proprietary FC Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.

Toyota says it will launch Mirai in September next year in the UK, Germany and Denmark with other markets being added for 2017.It expects annual volume to be between 50 and 100 cars per year in 2015 and 2016. The price in Germany is expected to be around €66,000 plus VAT.We will be hearing a lot more on this in the coming months.


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