The new Toyota Mirai, which is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, has proved it can go the distance, achieving 3,5 litres per 100 km in official US combined city/highway driving calculations, and an estimated driving range of 502 km on a single tank – a distance further than for any other zero-emissions car on the market.
Jim Lentz, Toyota North America CEO, announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fuel economy rating for Mirai at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado this week. It confirms that Mirai is the only zero emissions electric vehicle on the market capable of exceeding 480 km on one fill.
Mirai is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, a four-door saloon with performance that competes with traditional internal combustion engines. Instead of using petrol, Mirai runs on electricity created on demand by hydrogen fuel and oxygen. The only emission produced by this process is water vapour.