The world record for the longest distance travelled in a hydrogen-powered vehicle with just one fill has been broken by a second-generation Toyota Mirai.
Confirming the news on Monday (May 31), Toyota said the vehicle travelled 1,003 kilometres on public roads in the South of Paris and in the Loir-et-Cher and Indre-et-Loire areas.
Green hydrogen was used during the record attempt and the average fuel consumption was 0.55 kg/100km, with Mirai being able to store 5.6 kg of hydrogen.
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After breaking the record, the Mirai was refuelled and ready for driving in just five minutes.
News of the record comes just under four weeks after a Hyundai Nexo smashed the previous record.
Toyota’s world record was completed by four drivers, including Victorien Erussard, the Founder and Captain of Energy Observer, a parter of Toyota.
James Olden, an Engineer at Toyota Motor Europe, Maxime le Hir, Mirai Product Manager and Marie Gadd, PR Manager of Toyota France were the other three drivers.
Commenting on the record, Frank Marotte, CEO of Toyota France, said, “It’s an amazing challenge that we achieved with the new Mirai.
“Internally, it is the mindset of Start your Impossible, going beyond our own limits, that drives us, and we proved it again today.
“I would like to thank the teams of Toyota France and Toyota Europe, as well as Victorien at Energy Observer, with whom we share the same vision and the same ambition.
“It is by strong partnerships that we will be able to contribute to a better and more environmentally-friendly society. With Toyota’s ambition to go ‘Beyond Zero’ in mind: take a seat for the future.”
Victorien Erussad, Founder and Captain of Energy Observer, added, “I am very happy to have taken this challenge of 1000km beyond the wheel of the new Mirai.
“Toyota has always been at the forefront of hydrogen innovation and our collaboration gets stronger year by year.
“As a former open ocean racer, I need to take challenges and I warmly thank Frank Marotte and his teams to have taken me on this zero-emission adventure, showing that nothing is impossible, and that hydrogen mobility is here today!”
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Few could argue that Toyota isn’t at the forefront of the current hydrogen mobility movement.
It’s flagship vehicle, the Mirai, is almost synonymous with the hydrogen-fuelled vehicle network today. Since its arrival in 2014, over 10,000 models of the Mirai have been sold world-wide and it remains one of only six fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) models in commercial production.
It’s also often this sleek saloon car that’s the subject of lavish liveries and demonstrative decals carrying an organisation’s message of clean mobility far and wide; most of us will be familiar with a high-profile publicity launch featuring a Toyota Mirai emblazoned with some sort of branding.
But crucially, it’s the nuts-and-bolts road experience that Toyota’s Mirai is excelling at too; dedicated to making hydrogen mobility a seamless transition from the conventional motoring experience of the past and present to the clean and sustainable experience of tomorrow.