Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda has revealed the name for the Japanese marques state-of-the-art Fuel Cell saloon.
“Mirai” – which means future in Japanese – is the name that has been chosen, Toyota made the announcement in video released a day prior to the car’s official launch.
The world’s first mass produced Fuel Cell vehicle represents a watershed moment in automotive history – Toyota have built a machine that offers the key to a future that is both safer and greener for everybody.
With a cruising rate to match any conventional saloon – the Mirai can be fully refuelled in under five minutes and emits only harmless water vapour.
Akio Toyoda proclaimed that, “This is a car that lets you have it all with no compromises.”
Adding, “Our fuel cell vehicle runs on hydrogen that can be made from virtually anything, even garbage! It has a fuel cell that creates enough electricity to power a house for about a week”.
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan is a development on the FCV Concept which was first unveiled back in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Whilst Toyota has kept similar styling to the concept model, several detail changes have been made, including adjustments to the radiator grille, headlights, rear light and aerial, plus the roof and fuel filler cap.
In order to save room and lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity, the fuel cell, battery and fuel tanks have been fitted under the floor.
Meanwhile, compartment located in the front of the car contains the electric motor, electronic control system and boost converter.
Pricing for the Mirai is expected to come in at around £43,450 with availability at first limited to the regions in which hydrogen refuelling stations are available.
On sale in Japan by April of 2015, Toyota aims to have the Sedan ready for European and US markets by the end of next year, with prices to be announced closer to the time.
The future has arrived. And it’s called Mirai.