Zero-emissions hydrogen powered system at the heart of the second-generation Toyota Mirai sedan
TORONTO, Ontario (February 3rd, 2022) – The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) today recognized Toyota’s leadership in both environmental technologies and advanced powertrain engineering as the association awarded its 2022 Best Green Innovation Award to the hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain that drives the all-new, second-generation Toyota Mirai sedan.
“We’re honoured that the members of AJAC have recognized this important technology, which proves it’s possible to go greener with no compromises to the vehicle owner’s lifestyle or driving habits,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “The hydrogen fuel cell is an important technology – one of several powertrain evolutions that will enable us to achieve our global corporate goals, outlined in the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, of eliminating emissions from our vehicles.”
The hydrogen fuel cell system is at the heart of the second generation Toyota Mirai, which changes everything about personal mobility – offering drivers an advanced powertrain vehicle that produces zero emissions and is as fast as gas to refuel.
For its second generation, Toyota completely reimagined the Mirai – including its powertrain. Most noticeably, Toyota engineers made performance enhancements and increased hydrogen storage capacity – from 4.6 kg to 5.6 kg. The result is a more powerful and engaging driving experience, plus a 30 percent boost to range – now estimated at 647 km with full tanks. In addition to generating zero harmful tailpipe emissions, Toyota anticipates the new Mirai to be more fuel efficient than the previous generation.
Under the hood, the Mirai performs essentially as an electric vehicle – but one that never needs to be plugged in to recharge. The fuel cell stack is safe and proven – having been developed and put through testing around the same time that Toyota introduced the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle more than two decades ago. The stack combines compressed hydrogen gas from the Mirai’s tanks with oxygen from the atmosphere. The resulting chemical reaction produces the electricity to power the Mirai. The only by-product is water vapour, which is eliminated through a vent pipe beneath the vehicle. Best of all, the Mirai can be refueled in about five minutes.
The 2022 Toyota Mirai is expected to go on sale this year in markets where hydrogen refuelling infrastructure exists – including select regions of Quebec and British Columbia. Sales will expand into additional markets as refuelling facilities are established. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/mirai
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over six million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 286 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability to the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and parts distribution centres in Clarington and Vancouver. Toyota also operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than nine million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid. Recent investments at its facilities in Ontario will allow for increased production of the top-selling Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid models for the North American market.