The Mirai – Toyota’s first hydrogen-powered production car has already received an incredible 1,500 orders in its first month on sale in Japan.
Due to hit UK dealerships later in the year, the state-of-the-art saloon has amassed far more sales than was expected – the Japanese automaker had forecast for just 400 sales by the end of the year.
After such large volumes of orders received – Toyota now expects a small minority of customers will unfortunately suffer longer waits for delivery than was first expected.
Orders taken so far are broken up 60:40 between government/fleet customers and private individuals.
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.
Those lucky enough to get their hands on Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology will be the first to experience a new chapter in zero-emissions driving.
Mirai’s motor is powered by electricity generated through a chemical reaction between air-borne oxygen and hydrogen in an on-board fuel cell.
The car combines excellent environmental performance – the only tailpipe emission is water – with a fun-to-drive character. Its market launch has the potential to further accelerate energy diversification and help build a future society in which hydrogen is a core energy source.
To help encourage the development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles, Toyota recently made thousands of its global hydrogen fuel cell patents available to others, free of any royalties.