Toyota has announced it will unveil the second generation Mirai later this month, demonstrating a major step forward in zero emission fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology.
The Japanese automotive manufacturer is targeting for a 30% increase in the Mirai’s driving range through improvements to the vehicle’s fuel cell system and the use of larger on-board hydrogen tanks.
The new Mirai will be previewed at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show between 23rd October – 4th November (2019) at Tokyo Big Sight & Odaiba Area. Initial deployment of the second-generation FCEV is scheduled for Japan, North America and Europe in 2020.
“We have pursued the goal of making a car that customers will feel they 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 a driver’s face,” said Yoshikazu Tanaka, the new Mirai’s Chief Engineer.
“I want customers to say, ‘I chose the Mirai not just because it’s an FCEV, but because I simply wanted this car; it just happens to be a 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 realise a hydrogen energy society.”
The new Mirai showcases an impactful exterior design, with low lines, sleek bodywork and 20-inch diameter wheels. The preview car will be presented in a specially developed new blue paint finish.
Back in 2014 Toyota introduced its hydrogen powered Mirai saloon which acted as a catalyst for increasing global awareness for how a clean and sustainable hydrogen society may be achieved. Since the launch of the vehicle, over 10,000 models have been sold.