Toyota Ushers in the Future with Launch of
'Mirai'*1 Fuel Cell Sedan

Sales will begin in Japan on December 15, 2014, in areas where hydrogen stations are in place*2. Preparations are underway to put the Mirai on sale in the U.S. in autumn, and in Europe in September 2015.

*1 Japanese for future.

*2 According to the Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Center, the following areas are participating in the primary and secondary hydrogen supply facilities infrastructure assistance program in FY2013 and FY2014 (as of June 30, 2014): Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Osaka, Hyogo Prefecture, Yamaguchi Prefecture and Fukuoka Prefecture.

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    What is a Fuel Cell Vehicle?

    It is a vehicle equipped with a “Fuel Cell” that generates electricity through the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to power the motor driving the vehicle. Hydrogen, which replaces gasoline as fuel, is an environment-friendly energy source that can be produced from various raw materials.
    Toyota has also made use of hybrid vehicle core technology in the development of this vehicle.

    From the early stages of their effort to make Sustainable Mobility a reality, in 2002 Toyota began the world’s first limited sale in Japan and the US of the “Toyota FCHV” as an ideal eco-car. Toyota has made concrete achievements in Fuel Cell Vehicle development.

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    Features of the Fuel Cell Vehicle

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    All-new "Mirai" hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV)

    Vehicle Mirai
    Length (mm) 4,890
    Width (mm) 1,815
    Height (mm) 1,535
    Wheel-base 2,780
    Seating 4

    TFCS provides superior environmental performance and convenience

    • The Mirai features the TFCS, a fusion of fuel cell technology with hybrid technology.
    • The system provides better energy efficiency than internal combustion engines, superior environmental performance with no emissions of CO2 or SOCs when driving, and the same level of convenience as gasoline engine vehicles with a cruising range*1 of 650 km (according to Toyota measurements taken based on the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's JC08 test cycle) and a hydrogen refueling time of about three minutes*2.

    *1 As measured by Toyota when refueling at a hydrogen station supplying hydrogen at a pressure of 70 MPa under the SAEe J2601 standard conditions (ambient temperature: 20°C, hydrogen tank pressure when fueled: 10 MPa). Differing amounts of hydrogen will be supplied to the tank if refueling is carried out at hydrogen stations with differing specifications, and the cruising range will therefore also differ accordingly. It is estimated that a cruising range of approximately 700 km can be achieved when fueled under the conditions above at new-standard hydrogen stations scheduled to begin operation from FY2016. Possible cruising range may vary largely due to usage conditions (weather, traffic congestion, etc.) and driving methods (quick starts, air conditioning, etc.).

    *2 As measured by Toyota when refueling at a hydrogen station supplying hydrogen at a pressure of 70 MPa under the SAEe J2601 Standard conditions (ambient temperature: 20°C, hydrogen tank pressure when fueled: 10 MPa). Time will vary depending on hydrogen fueling pressure and ambient temperature.

    Mirai's immediately recognizable design

    • A new technique has been employed in the front face design to emphasize the left and right grilles that draw in air for the oxygen supply and for FC system cooling. The novel front face underscores the vehicle's individuality.
    • The elegant side profile evokes the flowing shape of a droplet of water to express the vehicle's characteristic of drawing in air and emitting water. The roof-side rails and hood appear to pop out of the body to create the impression of a low-to-the-ground vehicle while communicating a futuristic feeling.
    • The rear of the vehicle presents a bold profile with a trapezoidal shape extending from the license plate garnish to the bottom of the bumper corners and out toward the wheels, while the top of the bumper emphasizes width and expresses a powerfully stable stance. It also creates an agile and clean impression of air passing through and under the bumper.
    • The headlights exhibit high-tech and sophisticated luxury through a novel design that presents an ultra-thin profile with an inline arrangement of four LED lights plus visible heat sinks and other optical equipment. The front turn signals and clearance lights are separate from the headlights, contributing to an ultra-thin headlight profile at the same time as merging with the side grilles. This creates an advanced clean design with aerodynamics that improve airflow.
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    Toyota Group Fuel Cell technology in a broad range of products

    Fuel cells are not just limited to passenger vehicles: the Toyota Group as a whole is making significant advances toward implementing fuel cell technology in a number of formats. One example is the fuel cell bus where Hino Motors is making rapid progress toward market introduction targeted for 2016. Another is the household fuel cell application delivering a world's top level electricity generation efficiency of 46.5% developed by Aisin Seiki and being sold since April on 2012. Toyota Industries Corp. is currently developing a fuel cell powered forklift.