Toyota Mirai - The future of cars
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV)
Most people are familiar with Electric Vehicles (EV) yet Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) are not much famous like EVs. To understand easily FCEV is an electric vehicle without the need of plugging to charge the battery that is more time consuming even with fast charging in an EV. On the other hand FCEV needs simply filling the tank in five minutes that is not much longer than like our conventional vehicles.
FCEV uses compressed hydrogen as a fuel and combining oxygen from the air to produce power. Thus using the fuel cell results in heat, water, and an electric current which is 100% Economic-Friendly. Fuel cells are under the research automotive sector, however, the technology just became cost-effective and practical recently. 20 years ago Toyota began to develop fuel cell development and released a car named Prius and in Toyota Mirai, the hybrid program of the company uses some of the Prius’s components and technology. In the 1st and 2nd gen Mirai models Toyota used the solid-polymer electrolyte fuel cells and released their patents and to improve FCEV growth.
The fuel cell is consists of an electrolyte membrane, a cathode, and an anode. When oxygen through the cathode and hydrogen through the anode. The molecules of hydrogen are split into protons and electrons. When protons pass through the electrolyte membrane, electrons run on a circuit, heat and an electric current is generated and the electrons, protons, and molecules of oxygen combine to produce water molecules at the cathode. The by-products of fuel cell is only pure water.
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Future
Toyota gets to stick with hydrogen fuel cell technology as a power source of Mirai for its remarkable potential. The hydrogen fuel cell technology is also a scalable-technology, which means that it is capable to make a small to power a smartphone and can also make it in large size even to give power to a building. For the testing purpose Toyota installed fuel cell as a power source of class-8 Kenworth semi-trucks which pull up to 36,000 kg (80,000 lb) of load. These trucks are currently under usage between Los Angeles and Ports of long beach in California with zero-emission.
There are more FCEVs are under production to hit the market in the upcoming years, with reduced size, weight, and cost of fuel cell systems. The main advantage of FCEV technology is a quick refueling (same as conventional gasoline vehicles).
Mirai – An Electrifying Style
The 2nd-gen Mirai is a rear-wheel-drive car, specially designed in a new platform with a highly rigid body that is wider, longer, and lower, equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels. More aerodynamic design that is emotionally reminiscent but not aggressive.
Toyota’s all-new multiple-layer painting process Mirai is painted with more precisely and smoothly with brand-new hydro blue color gives a great look at the car.
The new Mirai is inspired by coupes, yet with an all-new approachable design than before. The new platform helps to improve more interior space that five-passenger can sit comfortably. The Mirai’s interior tone gets blends perfectly with the exterior, with the hints of futurism is spread equally all over the car. More quieter cabin and enhanced luxurious ambiance is an added advantage for the future success of Mirai.
The Interior technologies are also included with new Mirai are digital rear-view mirror works with rear camera and 8-inch digital combination meter. 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT touchscreen is a Toyota’s Premium Multimedia system that includes a sound system with 14 JBL speakers and navigation.