Hydrogen is the smallest and most plentiful element in the universe. Even though it isn’t the most abundant gas in the Earth’s atmosphere, it can be found in a variety of places. It is because of this abundance that makes hydrogen-powered vehicles an appealing form of transportation. Hydrogen vehicles, such as the new Toyota Mirai, bring up the very important question: How do hydrogen cars work?
Hydrogen is naturally highly reactive and combines with almost anything, so hydrogen vehicles have the capability of extracting pure hydrogen from specific chemical compounds. This can be done in a number of ways. Once the hydrogen is extracted, it enters fuel tanks within the Mirai.
After the hydrogen is stored in tanks inside the car, it travels to the fuel cell stack, where it mingles with air coming in from the other directions, causing a chemical reaction between the hydrogen and oxygen in the air. This generates electricity, which is sent to the motor when you press on the gas pedal.
From an environmental standpoint, the best part of this is that the only exhaust product of this is plain old water, which leaves the engine through the tailpipe.
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All of the major Japanese automakers including Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have agreed to bolster an expanded fuel cell vehicle (FCV) refueling infrastructure in their home country—appropriately named the Joint Hydrogen Infrastructure Support Project.
As part of the partnership, the three manufacturers will subsidize one third of the annual operating expenses up to a maximum of 11 million yen (about $90,000) for any hydrogen refueling station that applies and is accepted into the program.
The Toyota Mirai, which has just been rated by the EPA at 67 MPGe and a 312-mile range, is already experiencing high demand. The country is expecting to have 6,000 FCVs on the road by 2020 and possibly even 100,000 just five years later, as more and more people become aware of the advantages of fuel cell vehicles and as the infrastructure to support them continues to expand.
Given a few years, we might even see the same progress in North America and, eventually, at Haddad Toyota!
With the electric Toyota Prius, the number one hybrid vehicle on the market, you would think that Toyota would continue to bank on electric energy as the alternate energy source of the future. Well, Toyota’s new hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle, the Toyota Mirai, is starting to prove you wrong.
The Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle is certainly one of a kind. It’s a midsized sedan that runs on hydrogen fuel cell technology combined with hybrid synergy drive. It can go up to 300 miles on a charge and re-charges in about 5 minutes, unlike your typical electric car that takes 30 minutes on a DC Quick-Charger to get to 80% of its charge. This means that the new Toyota Fuel Cell vehicle will revolutionize what an alternate energy vehicle can do. The new Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle will become a more feasible vehicle to take on longer trips, not just to the office and back. Well, at least it will when hydrogen charging stations become more widely available.
The Toyota Mirai will go on sale in California next fall, but until then keep checking back with our blog here at Haddad Toyota to stay up-to-date on the latest Toyota news and technology.