The first hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai is registered in Kerala
The Kerala registered Toyota Mirai has been finished in a very attractive red exterior color and the model has been registered at the Trivandrum Regional Transport Office. Since the Toyota Mirai is a fuel cell electric vehicle, the vehicle carried a green license plate instead of the usual white license plate.
Although the Toyota Mirai costs more than Rs 1 crore, the car has been exempted from paying taxes as the car will be used for research purposes. Speaking of the pilot project, it is an excellent initiative by the Indian government considering our dependence on fossil fuels.
The pilot project conducted by iCAT (International Center for Automotive Technology) will use the second generation Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) and the pilot project was recently inaugurated by Mr. Nitin Gadkari (Minister of Roads, Transport and Highways).
Unlike battery-powered cars like Tesla, fuel cell electric vehicles can be refueled like conventional vehicles by filling the tank with hydrogen instead of fossil fuels like gasoline or diesel.
In addition, FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) generate their own electricity and considering that almost 51% of the electricity produced in India comes from coal, fuel cell electric vehicles are much more environmentally friendly than conventional ones. conventional electric vehicles.
Since fuel cell vehicles are lighter and can be recharged in minutes, they are a more viable option for powering long-distance vehicles such as trucks and buses, as today’s battery electric vehicles today take at least an hour to fully charge despite using very powerful chargers. .
Another advantage of hydrogen as a fuel is in its method of production as it can be produced using renewable energy sources, making it much more sustainable than any other viable fuel source.
Speaking of Toyota Mirai FCEV, the first concept car was unveiled in 2011 at the Tokyo Motor Show as Toyota FCV-R. The first generation Toyota Mirai FCEV was produced from 2014 to 2020.
This model was powered by a 152 hp electric motor with 335 Nm of torque. In addition, it had two hydrogen tanks with a total capacity of 122 liters.
This configuration, together with the 1.6 kWh battery, gave the first generation Toyota Mirai a range of 502 km according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) cycle. In addition, the model produced water at the rate of 240 ml every 4 km.
The current generation Toyota Mirai is a rear-wheel-drive car and it is powered by a more powerful 182hp electric motor with 300Nm of torque. Additionally, the FCEV now sports 3 hydrogen tanks for a combined storage of 141 liters of hydrogen.
This configuration allows the Toyota Mirai to travel a total of 647 km under the EPA cycle. Additionally, the second-generation Toyota Mirai earned a 5-star Euro-NCAP crash test safety rating.
Thoughts on the Toyota Mirai and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
Through research programs like these, the pilot program could accelerate the future possibilities of FCEVs in India. Additionally, FCEVs are a much more sustainable mode of transportation given that the power source can also be made sustainable.