Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp released on Friday the first images of its completely revamped hydrogen-powered zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicle Mirai, aiming to take on battery-powered vehicles like the ones Tesla is selling.
The next-generation Mirai, will feature a fully redesigned fuel cell system, including the fuel cell stack, that delivers substantially improved performance, Toyota said in its latest attempt to spur demand for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
The redesigned fuel cell system using hydrogen as fuel targets a 30-percent increase in driving range compared to the current-generation Mirai model, due to increased hydrogen storage capacity, among other measures, Toyota said.
The new-generation Mirai is scheduled for launch starting in late 2020, initially in Japan, North America, and Europe, the Japanese carmaker said.
Despite efforts to spur demand for hydrogen-powered cars, since its launch in 2014 the Mirai has sold some 10,000 cars globally.
In comparison, Tesla has just said that it achieved a record number of around 97,000 deliveries in the third quarter of this year, so as of now hydrogen-powered cars have to do a lot of catching up.
Reference- Oil Price website, Clean Technica, The Verge