THE Mirai is coming to Australia. Confused? Wondering what the Mirai is?
The ground breaking vehicle is Toyota’s first commercially available fuel cell vehicle and it will be on show for the first time in Australia at the 6th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Sydney in early October.
This will be the first time a right-hand drive fuel cell vehicle is in Australia and it will give the public a taste of the new technology that Toyota is introducing globally. Already on sale in Japan and soon to be available in North America and Europe, the Mirai was officially unveiled late last year.
In an impressive coup, Australia will be one of the first countries outside of these regions to display the Mirai. While it is in Australia, government representatives and other key stakeholders in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra will be given the opportunity to experience the vehicle.
Toyota Australia President Dave Buttner said it’s a great opportunity to showcase the future technology, but the company would need to ensure the relevant infrastructure, such as refueling stations, was in place before it could be sold here.
“Toyota pioneered the mass production of hybrid technology and we truly believe fuel cell vehicles will play a key role in Toyota’s global future,” he said. “It’s [also] clear that Australians are searching for more eco-friendly options. Fuel cell vehicles emit only water and can offer the same convenience of petrol-powered cars.”
Toyota has been developing fuel cell vehicles in-house for more than 20 years and regards hydrogen as a promising alternate fuel for the future. The Mirai, which means future in Japanese, uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell and hybrid technology.
TFCS is more energy efficient than internal combustion engines and emits only water vapor when driven. Drivers can expect a generous cruising range of approximately 550 kilometres and a hydrogen refueling time of approximately three minutes.
The 6th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention will be held at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney between 11 – 14 October 2015.