We are all looking for a car that is super effective when it comes to getting us around. Although petrol prices are still at a reasonable level in terms of price, there is nothing like finding a car that can really gives us those miles for our gallon. Well now the new Toyota powered by hydrogen car has become the first ever of its kind to break the 300 miles per tank target in official American tests.
Also known as the ‘Mirai’, this car’s combined fuel economy of 67 US mpg makes it good for a total of 312 miles on a single fill-up! You could travel almost half the length of the country on just one tank of petrol, this makes it a fantastic run around for people looking to not only save costs but also time. In UK figures this translates to around 80.5mpg; better than most super minis can do on a tank.
This new Toyota has become some what of a record breaker because of this, making the Mirai a nice little investment for learner drivers and more experienced road users alike. The Mirai is now the officially longest-range zero-emission production car anywhere in the world. This new technology could potentially pave the way for development of much more advanced refuelling infrastructure in the developed world. Something that with time could spread to other countries in time. An exciting prospect in the automotive world and one that could save on fuel costs internationally.
Jim Lentz, the CEO for Toyota North America said: “Toyota realised in the early 90s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile. Just as Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers nearly 20 years ago, Mirai is now aiming to bring in a new generation of efficient, hydrogen transportation.”
A Toyota press release calls the Mirai “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. It will be introduced to the UK in very small numbers to begin with, as well as other European markets. Toyota’s strongest markets, Japan and the USA, will get the first deliveries.”
There are so many reasons why this could be a good move for businesses too. For a start vehicles will be able to travel greater distances on the fuel they have filled up with. This naturally brings down costs for industrial drivers. But this is also an advantage for the solo family driver too. There will be less having to stop and fill up tanks, one might even feel better about filling up just half a tank for the school run. It will certainly last most parents a lot longer.
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