Toyota unveils game changer hydrogen-powered car


B00Mer
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Toyota unveils game changer hydrogen-powered car



Toyota has unveiled the first mass-market hydrogen fuel cell car, which will start selling in Japan next month and in the US and Europe in 2015.

The four-door sedan, called the Mirai, which means future in Japanese, will emit only water vapor, but it’s not cheap at 6.7 million yen ($57,000). It’s designed for a niche market and Toyota is only expecting to sell 400 of them next year.

Japan: Toyota unveils first hydrogen-powered car - YouTube

Although by the end of 2017, Toyota hopes to have sold 3,000 of them in the US and about 100 per year in Europe.

Toyota, the world’s biggest carmaker, is hoping to make “tens of thousands” of units over the next decade.

The Mirai will be capable of travelling up to 650 kilometers without refueling, three times further than a traditional electric car, while its hydrogen tanks can be filled up in a few minutes like petrol or diesel vehicles so there is no need for a lengthy recharging of batteries. The vehicle emits no exhaust fumes, although fossil fuels are used to produce hydrogen and then to compress it.

Mitsushisa Kato, executive vice president of Toyota, said that Mirai marks a milestone in motoring technology.



"Mirai symbolizes two major innovations. First, this is an innovative way to solve global environmental and energy problems... and second, this innovation will help usher in a hydrogen-based society," he said at a presentation in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said in a video message on the company’s website: “We are at a turning point in the automotive industry.”

Fuel cells cars like the Mirai are powered by hydrogen and oxygen and produce only water vapor as a byproduct.

It is the Japanese that are the world leaders in the green car sector, including Honda and Nissan. The country’s seven car manufacturers are reportedly planning to spend up to $24 billion in research in the field this year alone.

Honda, one of Toyota’s biggest rivals, also aims to launch a commercial fuel cell vehicle in March 2016. Honda already makes the FCX Clarity, a fuel cell car produced on a small scale for a few markets.



Toyota says it will attempt to bring the price down for hydrogen-powered vehicles and up the number of hydrogen refueling stations to 100 next year. At the moment there only a few dozen hydrogen filling stations in the world, found in developed countries.

Toyota already produces the fast-selling and successful Prius, a petrol-electric hybrid, which has already sold over 3 million units since its introduction in 1997.

“It was a big challenge when we first introduced the Prius, or hybrid car, in 1997. And it’s an even bigger challenge this time because there is no infrastructure, and we’re trying to lead,” said Yoshikazu Tanaku, the deputy chief engineer for Toyota’s next generation vehicle department, The Guardian reported.

source: http://rt.com/news/206667-toyota-hyd...ampaign=chrome

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Say it like a Canadian would; "Aboot time.."
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Um. . . Honda's had one out since 2007.

Honda FCX Clarity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Impressive. But lack of 'gas' stations would be an issue as would the asking price. But I think in the long run, this is the way to go.

Car looks cool too.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Um. . . Honda's had one out since 2007.

Honda FCX Clarity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yeah, but that's Honda...

Could you imagine your gas pedal sticking in a Hydrogen car

Would that be a Hydrogen Bomb ?? Or just da bomb LOL

2009–11 Toyota vehicle recalls - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
captain morgan
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Sure, sounds good, but how does it compare to this?

 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Sure, sounds good, but how does it compare to this?

Oh that's where you want a blind spot....directly in front of you, lol.

 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

Oh that's where you want a blind spot....directly in front of you, lol.

When you drive a car like that, it's everyone else's responsibility to get outta the way
 
Sal
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cool, more employment for my community, I'm a fan already
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

When you drive a car like that, it's everyone else's responsibility to get outta the way

Well yeah, everybody will be looking going "that mofo can't see where he's going! Let's get the hell out of the way!" Lol.
 
Dexter Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Sure, sounds good, but how does it compare to this?

For anything except straight line acceleration from 0 to 100 in seconds--and how often do you need to do that?--probably pretty well. Bet it handles like a yacht in quicksand.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

Well yeah, everybody will be looking going "that mofo can't see where he's going! Let's get the hell out of the way!" Lol.

There's also another added bonus that you can't do with a hydrogen car.

How to Cook Food on Your Car's Engine: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Some folks call it a Car-B-Q

Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter Sinister View Post

For anything except straight line acceleration from 0 to 100 in seconds--and how often do you need to do that?--probably pretty well. Bet it handles like a yacht in quicksand.

These vehicles are custom-suited for the roads through the prairies
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

There's also another added bonus that you can't do with a hydrogen car.

How to Cook Food on Your Car's Engine: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Some folks call it a Car-B-Q

LMAO. Drive until the food is done.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

LMAO. Drive until the food is done.

If you stop for directions in rural Alberta... Good chance you'll get something like this:

Directions to Old man Johnson's?.. Sure, head West on 46 for about 2 beers, when you run-up on the black barking dog, turn left for a sip of whiskey and a smoke.. Johnson's place is right across from the cow with three legs.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

If you stop for directions in rural Alberta... Good chance you'll get something like this:

Directions to Old man Johnson's?.. Sure, head West on 46 for about 2 beers, when you run-up on the black barking dog, turn left for a sip of whiskey and a smoke.. Johnson's place is right across from the cow with three legs.

Yes but the question is, will the hot dogs be done then? If not we may need to take a less direct route. Lol.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

Yes but the question is, will the hot dogs be done then? If not we may need to take a less direct route. Lol.


Maybe that's a good excuse to pull over and relax a bit.. Let the car idle and finish-off the hot dogs
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Maybe that's a good excuse to pull over and relax a bit.. Let the car idle and finish-off the hot dogs

I know this trick! You're just trying to park with me. Lol.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

I know this trick! You're just trying to park with me. Lol.


Damn!

And here I thought I was being so suave.

By the way, I'm a stickler for safety, lemme just reach behind you to lock the door
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Damn!

And here I thought I was being so suave.

You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to......

Quote:

By the way, I'm a stickler for safety, lemme just reach behind you to lock the door

....hey, that's not where the door lock is!

Lol
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

....hey, that's not where the door lock is!

Lol

Sorry... Hand musta slipped.

I'll try again
 
lone wolf
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The biggest problem I can see with water vapour exhaust is icy roads - but I live in Ontario where they think cars can skate anyhow....
 

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