Toyota sets range record for hydrogen cars

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The record drive was completed on 26 May on public roads in the south of Paris and in the regions of Loir-et-Cher and Indre-et-Loire. The distance covered and the average consumption of 0.55 kilogrammes of hydrogen per 100 kilometres were certified by an independent authority. At the end of the journey, the on-board computer still indicated nine kilometres of remaining range. According to the WLTP standard, the car achieved a hydrogen consumption of 0.89 to 0.79 kilogrammes of H2 per 100 kilometres. And that, of course, with zero CO2 emissions. The engine power of the vehicle is 142 kW; the tank holds 5.6 kg of hydrogen.

For the record attempt, the Mirai was fuelled with green hydrogen. This is used in the fuel cell system to generate electrical energy to power the electric motor. The Mirai thus combines the advantages of purely electric driving in terms of comfort, smoothness and responsiveness with high everyday and long-distance suitability thanks to its long range and shorter refuelling times.

The new Toyota Mirai is the second generation of Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle. Compared to the first generation introduced in 2015, the new edition offers more power, higher driving dynamics and a more dynamic design. The optimised fuel cell system, a hydrogen storage capacity of 5.6 kilograms and improved aerodynamics enable a range of around 650 kilometres under normal conditions. The drivers completed the record attempt with a fuel-efficient driving style; however, no special techniques were used that could not also be used in everyday life.

One of the four drivers who drove the Mirai to the range record was Victorien Erussard, founder and captain of the Energy Observer, the catamaran and floating research laboratory equipped with Toyota fuel cell technology. In the meantime, Energy Observer has become a company engaged in research and innovation in the field of energy transition. Just last week, the “Paris de l’hydrogene” (Paris from hydrogen) event organised by Energy Observer took place, presenting hydrogen-based energy and mobility solutions. A generator powered by Toyota fuel cell technology lit up the Eiffel Tower in green.

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