Toyota has completed an important achievement in its vision for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The company has delivered the revolutionary Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to its first customers in the UK. The occasion was marked with a handover ceremony that took place at Toyota GB’s Surrey headquarters.
The UK alongwith Germany, Denmark and Belgium constitute the first European markets that are targeted by Toyota for Mirai. The company expects to sell a total of 12 Mirais by the end of this year, which also includes four vehicles announced by Transport for London. The first customers for the Mirai that were given their cars were ITM Power and greentomatocars.
The Mirai FCV uses hydrogen gas to generate electricity within a fuel cell stack. It does so without producing any exhaust emissions other than water. Toyota says that on a full tank it can cover 300 miles (483 kilometers) and the refueling process takes only three minutes to complete.
This is what Johan van Zyl, President and CEO Toyota Motor Europe, had this to say at the ceremony: “Mirai and our hydrogen fuel cell technology are important elements in our mission to help create a future zero emissions society. We are proud of the technology we have developed, but if our ambitions for sustainable mobility are to be achieved, our vision needs to be shared by our customers. That is what we are seeing today, with ITM Power and greentomatocars embracing Mirai and hydrogen power at the earliest opportunity. We thank them for their support and advocacy.”