Toyota is Japan's largest automotive manufacturer and it's been working to develop fuel-cell vehicles since 1992, but the company has met fierce competition from the battery-powered vehicle market with developers like Tesla pushing the technology into the background.
Toyota declined to disclose a price for the model and said it would be available from late next year in Japan, North America and Europe.
The revamped four-door sports sedan, to be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show that will open October 24, will be launched in Japan, North America and Europe. The new platform allows for a highly rigid body that is lower, longer, and wider, with its bolder stance accentuated by available 20-inch alloy wheels.More news: Bigil Official Trailer Thalapathy Vijay, Nayanthara, A.R Rahman, Atlee, AGS
"I hope this vehicle will help realize a hydrogen-energized society", said Yoshikazu Tanaka, the Mirai's chief engineer.
The bigger size means bigger hydrogen storage tanks.
Toyota has sold fewer than 10 000 of the Mirai, a fuel cell sedan it touted as a game changer at its launch five years ago. A 12.3-inch infotainment screen dominates the dashboard, an all-electronic instrument panel resides behind a very sporty-looking steering wheel, and there's an abundance of copper-coloured trim accents, leather upholstery and contrast stitching to add a luxe sheen.
Of course, the Mirai is still a fuel cell electric vehicle. Future buyers can also expect more power than the current Mirai's 153 horsepower, Toyota promises.More news: Fed Plans More Treasury Purchase To Control Lending Rates
In terms of reliability, Toyota's fuel cell senior engineer Jacke Birdsall says that the vehicle has been tested in -40 degree weather, from the cold Yellowknife city in Canada to the hot temperatures of Death Valley. Right now that means you're basically limited to select spots in California or Hawaii.
Fuel cell technology predates the automobile by more than half a century.
The fuel cell is composed of an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte membrane. The hydrogen molecules are split into electrons and protons. At the cathode, the protons, electrons, and oxygen combine to produce water molecules.
Numerous world's top carmakers may be racing to make plug-in electric vehicles in response to the climate crisis, but Toyota is hedging its bets by backing an alternative source of power for its cars. The top-selling markets were the US with 2,900 units, Japan with 2,100 and Europe with 200. For more information about Toyota, visit ToyotaNewsroom.com.More news: Phillies fire Kapler after two seasons