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2016 Toyota Mirai Press Kit



Toyota Australia has unveiled a mobile hydrogen refueller that will enable its three Mirai fuel-cell sedans to go anywhere in Australia that a conventional car can be driven.

This breakthrough, which has been developed by the company's local engineers and partner suppliers, represents a clever temporary solution to counter the current lack of a refuelling infrastructure in Australia for fuel-cell cars.

Named 2016 World Green Car, Toyota's Mirai is a remarkable zero-emissions car with all the convenience of today's conventional vehicles, yet it runs on hydrogen instead of petrol or diesel.

Toyota Australia's fuel-cell project sponsor and senior executive adviser to the board Bernie O'Connor said the mobile refueller will be instrumental in demonstrating the significant benefits of Mirai.

"The decision to invest in a mobile refueller demonstrates Toyota's commitment to maintaining its leading role in developing flexible and personal mobility solutions for the next 100 years," Mr O'Connor said.

"It is the first high-pressure hydrogen refueller in Australia that can completely fill a fuel cell vehicle.

This is a practical and necessary measure to enable people around Australia to learn about and experience first-hand, the game-changing Mirai and its ground-breaking technology."

Mr O'Connor said Toyota will continue to work with governments, industry and other key stakeholders in Australia to fast-track the development of the refuelling infrastructure required to support the widespread sale of fuel-cell vehicles.

"Our local vision is that, as a first step, government departments and businesses running back-to-base fleets will be able to arrange appropriate refuelling. In parallel, we see great merit in the introduction of strategically placed refuellers in our larger cities," he said.

As an interim measure, Toyota's mobile refueller incorporates a generator and a compressor mounted in a purpose- built trailer attached to a Hino 700 series prime mover.

Hydrogen, delivered to the refueller in bottles, is cooled and pressurised to the required 70MPa (700bar) before being pumped into the three Mirai sedans. The refueller can also be used to deliver hydrogen to other fuel-cell vehicles, such as buses and forklifts, as well as being capable of transporting a Mirai.

Mirai offers a driving range of approximately 550km* when its two on-board tanks are filled with about 5kg of compressed hydrogen. Refuelling from a commercial site takes just 3 to 5 minutes. The only tailpipe emission is water vapour.

Hydrogen is as safe as any other automotive fuel and, unlike fossil fuels, it does not contribute to global warming during vehicle operation.

It is the most abundant element in the universe and can be produced from almost anything - even sewage sludge - by using a vast array of primary energy sources, including pollution-free solar and wind power.

Mirai, the world's first mass-produced fuel-cell sedan, is sold in Japan, the United States and Europe in areas supported by a refuelling infrastructure.

*EU mode, Toyota measurements


For further information please contact:
Beck Angel, 03 9647 4250 or 0421 271 279,
Steph Naylor, 03 9647 8131 or 0432 675 878,

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Toyota's Mirai represents a turning point in the automotive industry, introducing a new age where electricity is generated on demand using hydrogen as a fuel.

Mirai - its name is Japanese for "future" - is designed to diminish the world's dependence on oil and reduce harm to the environment.

Hydrogen can be made from virtually anything, even sewage sludge - and the car's fuel cells can create enough electricity to power a car or even a house for around a week.

Mirai is also fun to drive, delivering punchy performance while offering the convenience and driving pleasure of a conventional car.

The ground-breaking new Toyota achieves maximum power above 110kW from its fuel-cell stack through the electric motor.

A four-door sedan, the Mirai has a cruising range of about 550km and a commercial hydrogen refuelling time of 3-5 minutes, based on Toyota measurements in Europe. When driven, the only emission is water vapour.

The Toyota Fuel-Cell System, which enables the Mirai to produce its own electricity, incorporates world-first technology and several world-leading systems, including for power density and hydrogen storage density.

It utilises the same hybrid technology developed for Toyota's hybrid synergy drive systems, replacing the petrol engine with a fuel-cell stack.

Hydrogen, stored under pressure in two tanks at 70 MPa (700 bar) is fed into the fuel-cell stack where it is combined with oxygen from the air, to create a chemical reaction that produces electricity to power the vehicle.

The system is more energy-efficient than internal combustion engines and emits no CO2 or pollutants when driven. Extensive engineering development has resulted in smart solutions that have enabled Toyota to delete or reduce the size and number of system components - saving space and cost while improving or maintaining performance.

The high output Toyota Fuel-Cell Stack and optimal battery power control drive the electric motor and ensure responsiveness at all vehicle speeds.

This provides an immediate increase in torque at the first press of the accelerator, and powerful and smooth acceleration thereafter.

Handling stability and ride comfort are both improved through the location of major parts such as the Toyota Fuel-Cell Stack and high pressure hydrogen tanks centrally under the floor to achieve a low centre of gravity and superior front- and-rear weight distribution, as well as the use of a high-rigidity body, which features enhanced rigidity around the rear suspension.

The full under-floor cover and aerodynamically designed clearance lights reduce wind resistance and contribute to improved fuel efficiency and handling stability.

Aero fins employed at the side of the rear combination lamps also improve straight-driving stability.
Outstanding quietness is achieved through reduced wind noise and constant drive from electric motors, plus full sealing of all body panels. The use of sound-absorbing and sound-blocking materials throughout the cabin and noise-reducing glass for the windshield and all door windows contribute to a quiet experience.

The Mirai is available in Japan, Europe and the United States. There are no plans to offer the car in Australia ahead of the development of an appropriate hydrogen-refuelling infrastructure.

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For further information please contact:
Beck Angel, 03 9647 4250 or 0421 271 279,
Steph Naylor, 03 9647 8131 or 0432 675 878,

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