How Does Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Work?
Toyota resides on the cutting edge of automotive technology and the 2018 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) sets the bar high. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the world and when applied to hydrogen fuel cell technology can provide drivers with clean, efficient energy. After a recent announcement that Toyota will expand production of FCVs, many car shoppers want to know – how does Toyota hydrogen fuel cell technology work? Find out more at Downeast Toyota!
How Does the Toyota Mirai FCV Work?
When the Toyota Mirai arrived on the scene it was the first hydrogen FCV in production and delivered a peerless performance. With a hydrogen-fueled powertrain under the hood, the Toyota Mirai provided a 312-mile driving range with zero emissions and took just five minutes to refuel. To deliver this performance, the Toyota Mirai employs a reinforced carbon-fiber fuel tank where hydrogen is stored.
An innovative grille design directs oxygen to the fuel cells where it combines with hydrogen to create a chemical reaction that manufactures electric power that is used to power the Toyota Mirai. The only byproduct of this chemical reaction is eco-friendly water. Toyota engineers have implemented this technology in a commercial truck as well.
How Will Toyota Expand Hydrogen FCV Production and Technology?
With the success of the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, Toyota engineers have plans to expand the production of hydrogen FCVs by 2025. Toyota Mirai entries are currently hand built at a rate of 6.5 cars per day. To make hydrogen vehicles a reality for drivers, Toyota will upgrade production facilities of the Toyota Mirai to increase production and plan to add a complete range of hydrogen cars, crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks in the future. In addition to an expanded FCV lineup and improved Mirai production rates, Toyota plans to increase the driving range of the Toyota Mirai to 620 miles by 2025.
Take a closer look at how Toyota hydrogen fuel cell technology works with this overview of the Toyota Mirai FCV and the future of Toyota hydrogen-powered vehicles. Visit the Downeast Toyota inventory today to find a high-tech, fuel-efficient and eco-friendly Toyota car, truck or crossover today!