The Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell: The Complete Guide For The UK

Toyota Mirai Hydrogen
Price: £49,995
Type of electric vehicle: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: N/A
Electric range (WLTP): 357.5 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Toyota Motor Corporation, known simply as Toyota, is a leading global automotive company. The company is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world and is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. The company has already established an enviable track record for the development and marketing of environment friendly hybrid vehicles. Toyota has one of the largest portfolios of mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs), currently 11 hybrid models. It is also a world leader in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The company currently has a portfolio of the following fully electric and plug-in electric vehicles:

Apart from the ubiquitous Toyota brand, the company also owns the Hino, Lexus, Ranz and Daihatsu brands.



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The Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Saloon


Toyota is not new to hydrogen technology, and in fact, the Japanese automotive manufacturer has been developing hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) since 1996. The Mirai first-generation was launched in 2014 and the second-generation unveiled in 2019. In Japanese, Mirai means ‘future’.

For those new to hydrogen electric cars, yes, a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), also known as fuel cell vehicle (FCV) or hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, is an electric vehicle (EV). In a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) i.e. an all-electric car, the vehicle is powered by an onboard EV battery, while in a FCEV, the EV is powered using a fuel cell stack, that generates electricity through a chemical process involving oxygen and compressed hydrogen.

Yes, you guessed it correctly. There is no internal combustion engine (ICE) in a FCEV. Yes, ICE is the technology that powers conventional petrol and diesel cars. FCEVs are not recharged like BEVs. Instead, FCEVs are refuelled with hydrogen, just like filling up a tank of fuel in a conventional car. In both, a hydrogen-fuelled car and an all-electric battery car, the wheels are driven by electric motors.

FCEVs have a tailpipe, unlike 100% battery-electric vehicles, that do not have a tailpipe. However, the tailpipe in a FCEV only emits water vapour (a by-product of the process within the fuel stack) and no pollutants. FCEVs have a fuel tank for filling hydrogen, while BEVs have no fuel tank.  A battery-electric vehicle has an onboard EV battery.

The mid-sized Mirai hydrogen electric car has a 142.2 L tank capacity with a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 357.5 miles on a full tank. Just like battery-electric cars, the real-world electric range will be impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving speed, driving profile, weather conditions, tyre size, onboard services used, passenger load etc. Expect the real-world range to be lower than the claimed range. In any case, the hydrogen electric car has impressive e-range!

One of the key advantages of hydrogen electric cars versus battery-electric cars, is that, FCEVs are refuelled in the same manner as a convention petrol or diesel car. The Mirai hydrogen car can be fully refuelled within 5 minutes at a dedicated hydrogen refuelling station. Hydrogen costs £12 per KG in the UK. The Mirai will cost approximately £70 for a full tank. The Mirai has a 5.6 kg tank.

However, the infrastructure for hydrogen fuelling is still nascent globally and the UK is no different. In the UK there are currently 15 public hydrogen fuelling stations. The lack of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure continues to remain a barrier for the adoption of hydrogen electric cars.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive Toyota Mirai hydrogen car can achieve 0-62 mph in 9.2 seconds. The maximum power delivered by the FCEV is 182 hp and 300 Nm torque. The top speed is 108 mph.

The four-door hydrogen saloon has a comfortable interior, however, the sloping roofline does impact the available headroom for the rear seat passengers. Moreover, the rear visibility is also impacted. The EV offers a 278 L boot space.

The automotive manufacturers offers a number of features and technology, to include: Toyota Touch® 2 with Go Navigation, Toyota Touch® 2 multimedia system, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay & Android Auto), reversing camera, pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure alert (LDA) with steering control, road sign assist (RSA) and more.

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PROS CONS
Good electric range Limited public hydrogen refuelling infrastructure
Quick to refuel Expensive
Comfortable and refined drive Limited boot space and headroom in the rear impacted by the sloping roofline

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The Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell (credit: Toyota)


At A Glance
EV Type:Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)
Body Type:Saloon
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Hydrogen-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Mirai Design (from £49,995)
Mirai Design Plus (from £53,995)
Mirai Design Premium (from £64,995)

Tank Capacity & Emissions
Fuel Tank Capacity (L):142.2
Refuelling:5 minutes
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:10 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1470
Width (mm):1885
Length (mm):4975
Wheelbase (mm):2920
Turning Radius (m):5.8
Boot Space (L):278

Mirai
Fuel Tank Capacity (L):142.2
Pure Electric Range (MPG WLTP):357.5 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/100 km):
N/A
Refuelling:5 mins
Top Speed:108 mph
0-62 mph:9.2 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (DIN hp):182
Torque (Nm): 300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Kerb Weight (kg):1,900-1,905
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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