Hydrogen fuel cells can be the future of Toyota cars. The Japanese car maker has doubled its investment in the development of hydrogen-powered cars and has repeatedly confirmed its intention to use this technology in series production, later on in buses and trucks as well. Not only the next generation of Toyota Mirai informs Digital Trends.
If everything goes according to plans, then the next generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology Mirai should be seen in the early 2020s. One of the reasons why this technology has not gone far enough is high costs.
New cars should be more affordable and the carmaker therefore hopes to meet better customer acceptance. Indeed, Toyota has a lot of experience with bringing new, environmentally friendly technologies to a larger audience. It is guided by the belief that hydrogen will become a key source of clean energy over the next 100 years.
To get to Toyota’s first steps in the car segment with a reduced environmental impact, we would have to go back to 1997. At that time, the first Prius hybrid car was introduced. The Japanese automaker with this model came a long way before other manufacturers started thinking about it at all.
“We will move from limited production to serial production, one of which is to reduce the amount of expensive materials such as platinum used in fuel cell components to make the whole system more compact and powerful,” said Yoshikaz Tanaka, chief engineer of Mirai, for Reuters .
To promote hydrogen-powered cars, the Japanese automaker wants to introduce a number of other improvements. The first is to increase the range from the existing 500 kilometers to 740 kilometers. Further progress should be made by 2025, when Toyota Mirai should travel up to 1,000 kilometers.
In 2025, the car should be an important milestone for Toyota – Toyota plans to roll out other fuel cell models, including a range of SUVs, pick-ups and trucks, according to a source familiar with the carmaker’s plans.
So far, technology has also hampered the lack of fuel replenishment. And because of these facts, less than six thousand Toyot Mirai are driving around the world. Due to the growing number of countries trying to push traditional combustion engines, interest in a new generation of vehicles could increase. This is certainly what Toyota is betting on.