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.
Refueling the vehicle would take approximately three minutes and enough for a range of 300 km or 186 mph. The good news is that the tailpipe emissions are only water vapors.
Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) offer a number of advantages. For instance, FCVs are highly energy efficient and their only waste is water. They could also be driven for long distances and could be refueled in very short time. Thanks their great potential without further harm to the environment, FCVs could be called as the ideal eco-car. Of course, to be fully operational, FCVs need a special infrastructure in the guise of hydrogen stations, which construction would be commenced around the world in 2015.
While hydrogen-based technology just recently gained global attention, it has already been three decades since Toyota commenced development of FCVs, and the Japanese carmaker isn't stopping. It was in in 1992 when Toyota started development of Fuel Cell (FC) technology, developing the core technologies -- the FC stack and hydrogen tanks – independently from its.
As time passed by, these development and manufacturing technologies have translated into Toyota’s strong points. Toyota worked to fined-tune necessary technologies to bring its first FCV to market – the Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese.
Toyota considers the Mirai as a core component to realize its dream of a sustainable mobility society, as it allows people to move with freedom comfortably and safely in an eco-friendly, sustainable manner. In the development of the Mirai, Toyota focused on the next century of vehicles. For Toyota, the Mirai is a pioneering vehicle that will make a good contribution to a Hydrogen Energy Society.