Recently, fuel cells have been the hot topic in energy discussions. In accordance with this, Toyota has introduced its first mass-market fuel cell car that will be available for purchase next month.
The company is calling the four-seat sedan Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese. The car will first go on sale in Japan on December 15th, followed by sales in the United States and Europe in the fourth quarter of 2015.
This from Reuters:
The ultimate “green car”, fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) run on electricity made by mixing hydrogen fuel and oxygen in the air – a technology first used in the Apollo moon project in the 1960s. Its only by-product is heat and water – water so pure the Apollo astronauts drank it.
Toyota states that the car will cost 6.7 million yen, or $57,460 U.S. dollars.
According to the company’s press release, the car can travel up to 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen and refuels in less than five minutes.
Toyota North American CEO Jim Lentz also announced a new commitment to drive the development of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in five northeaster U.S. states in order to support the future of the car. The state are as follow: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
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