The first production Toyota Mirai have arrived in Europe, and were unloaded in Bristol, UK and Zeebrugge, Belgium, respectively on 8 and 10 August. The Mirai, meaning “the future” in Japanese, features pioneering technology and represents the next step in clean mobility, using hydrogen as fuel and emitting nothing but water vapour.
After its first public display in Europe in March at the Geneva Motor Show, today marks its debut on European ground. Already sold in Japan since last December, the Mirai will be launched in Europe from September in the UK, Denmark and Germany.
With the Mirai, Toyota is at the forefront of the fuel cell development thanks to advanced engineering capabilities and a developed experience of Hybrid technology. The arrival of the Mirai will help to grow awareness, knowledge and acceptance of fuel cell technology and to promote the development of the required hydrogen infrastructure.
Toyota’s FCEV uses the pioneering Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, and includes Toyota’s new proprietary fuel cell stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.
Using hydrogen as fuel to generate electricity, Mirai achieves superior environment performance with no CO2 emissions or pollutants when driving, and the same level of convenience and autonomy as gasoline engine vehicles, with a generous cruising range and a hydrogen refuelling time of about three to five minutes.
Karl Schlicht, Executive Vice-President for Toyota Motor Europe said “This marks the debut of a new age for clean mobility – a turning point in the history of automobiles. With Mirai, Toyota is working on bringing clean, safe and enjoyable mobility for the next 100 years, thanks to fuel cell technology. We are looking forward to the start of delivery of the first Mirai to customers from September and to see the future taking shape on European roads. As with Prius 15 years ago, we are proud to bring yet another ground breaking innovation to Europe with Mirai.”