Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology is the latest inventive theory of eco-friendly car systems. Honda has recently built the FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and now there is a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to look forward to.
The phrase Mirai sounds catchy and high-tech; it surely is and means ‘future’ in Japanese. How would it feel to test drive a hydrogen fuel cell powered car, it is exhilarating beyond imagination, and a detailed description of the vehicle is revealed. Mirai is the car of the future, and sitting inside will transform you into the future; let’s unravel the futuristic mysteries of the car.
The significance of the term Mirai is future, and one would think of a vehicle that looks nothing like the present range of cars, and that’s the thought process of the Managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, Satoshi Ogiso, and the car does look ultramodern. On the front is an aggressive hood that is constructed in an exceptionally innovative manner to an extent that the vehicle appears to be floating mid aid, the head lights are strikingly attractive moulded in the form of multi-bulb structures. The highlight of design elegance is engraved on the huge twin vents on both sides of front bumper.
A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle functions with the aid of a stack of hydrogen fuel cells that combines with atmospheric oxygen that drives the car. To accommodate the mechanism the vents such in huge quantities of oxygen that later merge with hydrogen gas to produce electricity. The primary advantage of the process is zero gas emission and the residual waste consists of harmless water vapour released from tailpipe.
Now what would the interiors of the space-age Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle look like? Consumers will get a Prius feel from the driver’s compartment, on top of the professionally designed dashboard is a slender instrument panel and on the centre stack is a classy touch screen. There are touch controls and also a mini shifter identical to the one found on Prius cars.
There is an abundance of space inside, and the seats are covered with single piece upholstery to provide higher level of comfort, the passenger seat in front and driver’s cushion have eight way power controls. The high-tech technology infused into the car is Lane Keep and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The feedback from a group of people about the ride quality of Mirai is, the vehicle is delightfully enjoyable, and the same will be felt by those who enjoy driving Camry or Prius hybrid. The car is driven by hydrogen tanks packed with fuel cell stack, fitted in place of the conventional combustion power train. The engine power of the car is similar to Prius, the electric engine generates 247lb ft torque and the fuel cell tank churns 153hp, and the highest attainable speed is 111mph. The acceleration power of the car is fierce; it covers a distance of 0 to 60 in only 9 seconds.
Toyota plans to first test the extent of consumer adaptability, before offering the car to the public. The company will roll out 200 units first in California, to customers who are certain and confident of efficiently driving the car, by 2017 the firm expects to produce 3000 Mirai cars.