Toyota Marai fuel-cell electric vehicle aims to offer up to 30% greater range
Toyota announced that it will preview the next generation of its zero-emission Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Mirai Concept, a final-stage development model of the second-generation Mirai, will be on view at Future Expo from October 24 until November 4 at Megaweb. Toyota says the redesigned Mirai "reflects a major step forward for FCEVs and the potential of a hydrogen society, boasting significantly greater range, improved driving performance, and an elegant, sporty design that offers increased passenger room and comfort."
"We have worked to make a car that customers will want to drive all the time, a car that has an emotional and attractive design and the kind of dynamic and responsive performance that can bring a smile to the driver's face," said Yoshikazu Tanaka, Chief Engineer of the Mirai. "I want customers to say 'I chose the Mirai because I simply wanted this car, and it just happens to be an FCEV.' We will continue our development work focusing on that feeling, and we hope that with the new Mirai we will be a leader in helping to realize a hydrogen energy society."
Scheduled for launch starting in late 2020, the second-generation Mirai sports improvements in fuel-cell system performance and increased hydrogen storage capacity to target a 30% increase in driving range. The vehicle has also been redesigned based on Toyota's rear-wheel drive TNGA platform.
The interior is equipped with a 12.3-inch wide screen on the center console and instrument panel that is designed to embrace the driver, and it aims to provide a simple, modern space to create a feeling of warmth and comfort. The fuel-cell system configuration using the TNGA platform also allows for five seats instead of the current-generation Mirai's four.
Engineered from the start to accommodate Toyota's full range of powertrains, including hydrogen fuel cells, Toyota's latest modular platform gives the Mirai Concept a higher degree of body rigidity, which contributes to greater agility and responsiveness, and a lower center of gravity, which makes for nimble, rewarding handling.
Improvements to the fuel-cell system offer a linear, smooth response when pulling away, unity between the driver's throttle inputs and the car's acceleration. Handling is reportedly light and easy on winding roads, while highway driving produces an exceptional sense of power at all speeds.
Full details of the next-generation Mirai's improved performance will be released at a later date.