Japanese offer poorest consumption series fuel cell car.
Good news for Toyota and its “prestige product” Mirai: According to an official measurement the first series fuel cell vehicle of brand consumes hydrogen on 100 kilometres only 0.76 kg combined. The eco-pioneer emits no CO2 or other pollutants. The fuel costs are – despite the still world’s moderate infrastructure (in Austria there are only 2 public hydrogen filling stations) – with 7.22 euros / 100 km on relatively low levels. The European version of the Mirai is driven by a 154 HP electric motor. He draws his energy from the fuel cell, which converts the hydrogen on board in the reaction with atmospheric oxygen to power. The 4.89 meter long mid-range sedan achieved a range of over 650 kilometers, with five kilos fuel tank capacity, and is also the dB with a noise of 69 very quiet on the road. A tank of fuel takes no more than a diesel or petrol engine with around three minutes.
The world’s first mass-market hydrogen car, one that will be available in California later this year, and eventually all 50 states, will have a driving range of about 312 miles before requiring a fill-up. To sweeten the deal on its Mirai — and perhaps lessen the sting of its nose-bleed $57,000 price tag — Toyota is also throwing in three years or $15,000 worth of free hydrogen into the pot.
That puts the Mirai near the top of the heap of electrically-powered cars, topping the Tesla 85D’s 270 miles. Plug-in hybrids will handily trump the Mirai’s driving range, but the Toyota doesn’t require gasoline — just hydrogen, which it takes in in a process very similar to filling a conventional car with regular unleaded.
That’s perhaps the biggest asset hydrogen cars like the Mirai have over cars like the Tesla Model S. Battery-electric plug-ins require time to recharge, but hydrogen vehicles can simply fill up and continue on, provided that there’s an ample network of refueling stations. The fuel cells within the car then convert the hydrogen into electricity, and from there, it functions like a standard electric vehicle.
Toyota was keen to point out that the Mirai is the only zero emission electric vehicle on the market that tops the 300 mile range milestone. However, this comes at the relative detriment of efficiency; the Mirai manages 67 miles per gallon equivalent, well shy of the 101 combined for the Tesla 70D, the VW e-Golf’s 116, and the Nissan Leaf’s 114.
The Mirai celebrated its European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. The delivery of the first vehicles in Germany, Denmark and England begins in October. In Austria, the Mirai from the current perspective of 2016 will be available. Unfortunately, this load of technology is not that cheap. In this country, the fuel-cell car will cost well over 80,000 euros. So he comes only for extremely solvent customers with green thumbs in question. At least the hydrogen filling station network is to be extended from 2020 significantly. There then at least one of these petrol stations in all provinces. Currently they are found only in Vienna and Tyrol.