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** Hydrogen fuel-cell sedan launched **

(Click here to view 2014 Toyota Mirai Press Kit)

Toyota has launched an all-new hydrogen fuel-cell sedan that delivers punchy performance as well as offering the convenience and driving pleasure of a conventional car.

The ground-breaking new Toyota - called Mirai, a Japanese word meaning "future" - achieves maximum power well above 100kW from both its fuel-cell stack and its electric motor.

A four-door sedan, the Mirai has the cruising range of a conventional sedan, can be refuelled in less than five minutes and emits only water vapour when driven.

The Toyota Fuel-Cell System (TFCS), 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.

The system 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 700 MegaPascals (700 bar or 10,000psi) is fed into the fuel-cell stack where it is combined with oxygen 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.

Drivers can also expect the same level of convenience as offered by petrol-engine vehicles, with a cruising range close to 500km and a hydrogen refuelling time of about three minutes1.

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.

Toyota's global president Akio Toyoda said the launch of Mirai is a turning point in the automotive industry - a new age where hydrogen is used as a fuel to generate electricity.

"The future has arrived - and it's called Mirai," Mr Toyoda said.

"We imagined a world filled with vehicles that would diminish our dependence on oil and reduce harm to the environment. It was a bold, but inspiring goal - and today it is a reality.

"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."

The Mirai will go on sale in Japan next month and will be launched in Europe and the United States next year.

There are no plans to offer the car in Australia ahead of the development of an appropriate hydrogen-refuelling infrastructure.


KEY MIRAI SPECIFICATIONS

VEHICLE

Length

4,890 mm

Width

1,815 mm

Height

1,535 mm

Wheelbase

2,780 mm

Track (front/rear)

1,535/1,545 mm

Min ground clearance

130 mm

Interior length

2,040 mm

Interior width

1,465 mm

Interior height

1,185 mm

Kerb weight

1,850 kg

Seating

4

FC STACK

Name

Toyota Fuel-Cell Stack

Type

Polymer electrolyte fuel cell

Volume power density

3.1 kW/litre

Maximum output

114 kW

Humidification system

Internal circulation (humidifier-less)

HIGH-PRESSURE HYDROGEN TANK

Number of tanks

2

Nominal working pressure

70 MPa (approx. 700 bar)

Tank storage density

5.7 wt%

Tank internal volume

122.4 litres (front tank: 60 litres; rear tank: 62.4 litres)

MOTOR

Type

AC synchronous electric generator

Maximum output

113 kW

Maximum torque

335 Nm

BATTERY

Type

Nickel-metal hydride



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1As measured by Toyota when refuelling at a hydrogen station supplying hydrogen at a pressure of 70 MPa under the SAEe J2601 Standard conditions (ambient temperature: 20C, hydrogen tank pressure when fuelled: 10 MPa). Time will vary depending on hydrogen fuelling pressure and ambient temperature.


For more information, please contact:
Stephen Coughlan
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710-3059
Mob: (0434) 442 261
stephen.coughlan@toyota.com.au


Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064
mike.breen@toyota.com.au






 
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Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
Toyota Mirai - a fun-to-drive car with the only emission being water vapour
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