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Toyota to start 3-year test for Mirai FCV in China by October 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation disclosed that it will be bringing two of its Mirai fuel cell vehicles to China by October of this year. Tests will then be conducted on these FCVs in order to determine how they perform under China’s environment. The brand will also study the quality of hydrogen in China and conduct other durability and quality tests.

While this may be the first in China, the Mirai has been tested in different countries like Australia, U.K., the U.S., and even Scandinavia. The testing to be done is China is under the project titled “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” and will begin on 2017 and end by 2020.

In addition to the tests being conducted, the brand will also conduct promotional activities in order to determine how customers in this country react to the Mirai. An example of such an activity includes, but not limited to, putting the Mirai up for exhibit during domestic events. Toyota says that the main objective of these events is to make consumers know more about FCVs.

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Toyota displays satellite technology on Mirai-based research vehicle at Detroit Auto Show

Toyota has been developing a vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. Featured on Toyota’s stand at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, this vehicle comes equipped with Kymeta’s satellite communications technology.

U.S. based Kymeta is known for its technology related to flat-panel antennas. Toyota however is not just including this satellite communications technology in its vehicle but will also work to improve connected technologies. It even has a plan to include a Data Communication Module to a wider range of its products.

In fact, Toyota plans to have satellite communication in future models. In particular, Toyota is working on high capacity satellites that provides better rate of transfer for data compared to the traditional satellite technologies. These types of satellites typically need to have a dish-type antenna installed on the ground.

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Toyota starts at basics with Mirai assembly in Japan

Toyota has been known for its its massive assembly lines producing thousands of vehicles every day. Yet, it has established a workshop that builds just three vehicle everyday, manned by just 13 people. This workshop is for its futuristic fuel cell sedan, the Mirai. What is ironic is that while Mirai is Toyota’s most advanced vehicle, it seems to have a low-tech birth – no conveyors, no andon lines, just a small-batch, kid-glove approach.

Assembly is also done by hand. “Compared with other plants, this has very low productivity,” remarked Mitsuyuki Suenaga, an assistant manager at the Motomachi workshop, which was tasked to build the Mirai. “It is all manual,” he said. But everything has a purpose, as President Akio Toyoda says the Mirai represents a return to roots, in attention to quality and pioneering spirit.

While actual actual production of the Mirai started in December 2014, Toyoda remarked he deliberately chose Feb. 24, 2015, to celebrate as it marks the fifth anniversary of what many in the carmaker consider as its lowerst point.

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2016 Toyota Mirai arrives on East Coast at DC Auto Show

The Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle finally had its debut in the East Coast at the DC Auto Show. Toyota will commence sales of the Mirai in the United States later this year, bannering the vehicle’s ability to travel 300 miles on a single tank that takes only around 5 minutes to fill while emitting just water vapor.

During the event, Nihar Patel, Toyota's Vice President of North American Business Strategy, called for a concerted effort and collaboration between carmakers, government regulators, academia and energy providers as the need for sufficient hydrogen infrastructure becomes more of a reality.

He called on the Congress to reinstate the tax incentives for hydrogen firms that build refueling stations and for consumers buying fuel cell vehicles.

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LFA Works, the secretive workshop in charge of building the Lexus LFA until its production ended around two years ago, is alive and kicking once again. Operations at the Japanese workshop is now up and running after it was selected by Toyota Motor Corp. to build by hand one high-profile vehicle – the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan.

Located at Toyota’s Motomachi assembly site in Toyota City, LFA Works was picked by the carmaker for the job partly because of its craftsmanship and attention to detail. Likewise, the Toyota Mirai is better built by hand than in the carmaker’s plants, simply because it features a dedicated platform and hydrogen-powered drivetrain plus a huge fuel tank.

The fuel-cell car’s drivetrain and other components are produced at nearby Honsha site in Toyota City. Since Mirai output is very limited -- just 700 units in the first year -- Toyota has warned of delivery delays.

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Exhaust water from the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car is safer than milk, so says the Japanese carmaker. Unlike other vehicles that emit harmful carbon dioxide, the Mirai only emits heat and water as byproducts. Seiji Mizuno, who is in charge of designing the car's fuel stack power generator, disclosed that they tested the health impact of drinking the exhaust water in a special lab.

The result? He said that compared to drinking milk, the exhaust water from the Mirai contains much fewer organic impurities.

Despite the results, Toyota still doesn't recommend drinking the exhaust water since it is created by sucking in oxygen from the surrounding air and bonding it to hydrogen from the fuel tank.

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Toyota Motor Corp. is so confident in a future for fuel-cell vehicles that it plans to start selling its Mirai fuel-cell sedan in late next year. Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese, expresses Toyota’s confidence that hydrogen would be accepted by consumers in the United States as a clean fuel alternative in the next five years.

Toyota is planning to sell nearly 200 Mirai sedans when commences sale in California in late 2015 and 3,000 units by the end of 2017, with the increase in number coming from expanded marketing in Northeast US. Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said the Toyota targets around 700 sales of the Mirai globally in 2015 and “tens of thousands by 2020.”

Toyota plans to offer lease terms similar to Hyundai’s -- payments of $499 over 36 months, with an initial payment of $3,649 at signing. The carmaker also plans to offer the Mirai for purchase at $57,500.

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More details were revealed about Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which will be sold in California and Europe early 2015 and in Japan at no specific date. Toyota said, during the launch of the new fuel cell vehicle, that it has a range of 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, with refueling time estimated at up to five minutes.

“Today, we are at a turning point in automotive history,” Toyota President Akio Toyoda said on a video shown at the launch event. Toyota also announced plans to construct 12 new hydrogen stations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, in collaboration with Air Liquide.

The carmaker is already helping finance the construction of such stations in California, where existing hydrogen filling station network is largely located.

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Toyota didn’t release yet a name for its brand new fuel cell car, but according to Bloomberg the new vehicle will be called Mirai. For those who don’t know, mirai is the Japanese word for future and it appears that hit was already trademarked by Toyota in the United States.

The US version of the vehicle will be called FCV and is expected to go on sale in California in the fall of 2015. Toyota will introduce the new Mirai in Japan, in April 2015, while Europe will receive it in the summer 2015.

In Japan, the Toyota FCV will cost approximately seven million yen ($69,000 or 50,000 euros) and at the beginning, Toyota will limit the sales of its new vehicle in the regions where a hydrogen-refueling infrastructure is under development.

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