The car industry has come a long way with its improvement in technology and fuel efficiency. As the future of cars seems to be quickly approaching, (although we are all waiting for the day we can purchase our first flying car), Toyota is offering a new and exciting vehicle to the family…the Mirai.
Japanese for future, the Mirai is the first Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (HFCV) in the Toyota lineage of awesomeness. Hydrogen fuel efficiency vehicles have been in the making for over the past 20 years, and Toyota is one of the few manufacturers to finally offer it in the market.
Let’s go back in time to our high school chemistry class (which I personally hated) to get a basic understanding of how it works.
So here is an EXTREMELY RUDIMENTARY explanation of how HFCV works:
Hydrogen is the simplest and most abundant element in our Universe, which is the element used to help run the car.
Hydrogen cells are pumped and stored to the carbon fiber fuel tank. The grill in the front of the vehicle takes in air which is stored in the fuel cell stack. Then, the hydrogen travels from the fiber fuel tank to the fuel cell stack; the chemical reaction that takes place with the Oxygen creates electricity which powers the vehicle. As a result, the only by-product created is water, which leaves through the tailpipe.
The Mirai not only offers eco-friendly emissions, but it also has a sleek and futuristic look that captures the eye.
It refuels in up to five minutes and has up to 300 miles per fill.
The Mirai is currently offered in parts of California, due to a higher concentration of hydrogen stations. In comparison, the Prius, one of the most popular electrical vehicles in the market, continues to be a huge success among consumers; it will be interesting to see how the market reacts to the continuous growing stages of the Hydrogen fuel economy.