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Toyota sets out "future" for Mirai fuel cell vehicle

Named “Mirai”, which means future in Japanese, the four-door sedan is promised to bring the cruising range of a conventional saloon – offering 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen – whilst being able to be refuelled in less than five minutes and only emitting water vapour.

In a presentation (see video here) Akio Toyoda said: ‘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.

‘This is a car that lets you have it all with no compromises.’

He added: ‘As a test driver, I knew this new fuel cell vehicle had to be truly fun to drive – and believe me, it is. It has a low centre of gravity, which gives it very dynamic handling.’

The announcement comes in advance of the Mirai’s official launch in Japan, with Honda having also shown its latest iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell model today.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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