Friday, September 30, 2016

Australia Tech: 5 Things to Know About Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Cars

Australia Tech: 5 Things to Know About Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Cars

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Japanese brand  Toyota  has brought Mirai hydrogen-powered vehicles to Australia to  promote the zero emission technology. This can be proved as an excellent addition to Australia tech arena. Here are 5 things to know about these futuristic cars.

Pros and Cons of Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Cars:

  1. The company claims that these hydrogen running vehicles will be a great choice supporting the concept of the eco-friendly automobile. The hydrogen as a fuel is clean. It leaves no emissions after burning other than water vapor. Water vapors as an emission are absolutely harmless to the environment.
  2. As a matter of fact, hydrogen-powered cars have a better range and charge faster than traditional battery-powered vehicles. Thus, Toyota Mirai Hydrogen cars may prove as a blessing in disguise for the owners who want a fast running and battery efficient vehicle in the long run.
  3. The Toyota Mirai is dubbed the “puffer fish.” The name draws its inspiration from its bulbous face and large “gills” in the front bumper. The model is already on sale in Europe, the US and Japan priced about $70,000, almost double of a Toyota Prius hybrid.  A great gain for Australia tech.

N.B- Hydrogen running vehicles are expensive. Why? Because the best and most efficient catalyst that is used in a Hydrogen fuel cell is platinum, which you might obviously know that it is a highly expensive metal.

  1. With only one hydrogen refueling point in Australia, Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Cars may have to face a temporary setback. We would like to let our readers know that the current hydrogen top up spot is at the HQ of the arch rival car company, Hyundai. However, the Japanese company seems optimistic about the issue. It is importing a special mobile hydrogen refueller which will facilitate the hi-tech vehicles to be driven across the country.

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said, “The big problem is … not enough hydrogen refueling stations. If we want fuel cell vehicles to become popular, we have to build infrastructure from the ground up. And that is no easy task,”  reports Drive.

  1. Although hydrogen goes easy on the environment, it can be hazardous to life because the gas is highly inflammable. The type of hydrogen fuel cells that run the Toyota Mirai cars have been repetitively tried and discarded by rival automakers.

In January Elon Musk, founder of Tesla concluded, “If you’re going to pick an energy source mechanism, hydrogen is an incredibly dumb one to pick.”  Telesa is the biggest rival band of Toyota in terms of manufacturing electric-marketing.

This time, three Mirai sedans have come to Australia and thankfully, they will stay for three years.  Toyota will tour the Mirai around the country to let people know the whereabouts of the vehicles.

Toyota Mirai will be another feather in Australia tech’s cap.

  • Bob_Wallace

    1. Almost all hydrogen available is not clean. It’s obtained by steam reforming methane. CO2 is released in the process.

    2. Fast filling matters only on days when one drives more than 200 miles. And then very little. You can charge your EV while you eat lunch. The fuel cell car driver is going to have to fill and then eat. And they will have to fill up once or twice a week the rest of the time while the EV driver will just plug in at night.

    3. Hydrogen is expensive. Toyota has said that it cost $US 0.16/mile to run their car on hydrogen. That’s more than an average mileage gasoline car. A lot more expensive than an EV.

    4. Most of the infrastructure for charging EVs is in place. It would be necessary to build a lot of infrastructure for fuel cell cars and drivers would have to pay for that when they bought fuel.

    5. Hydrogen is probably less dangerous than gasoline. If a tank is ruptured the gas quickly rises into the atmosphere. Gas pours out on the ground and fumes puddle.

    Musk is right. Hydrogen fuel cell cars just aren’t an acceptable route off petroleum. Batteries are very much more efficient and electricity is very much cheaper. Toyota took a wrong turn with this one.

  • MarkEP

    The Mirai does not “burn” hydrogen