…not to mention a more stylish look and sportier stance. Toyota expects the global sales of this hydrogen-powered sedan will rise tenfold.
Fuel-cell electric vehicles have their advantages compared to other cars: faster refueling, a much smaller carbon footprint. But the biggest drawback today is the lack of a developed network of filling stations.
In the USA, hydrogen refueling stations can be mostly found in California and in New England, here and there. This limits the areas where the Toyota Mirai and other FCEVs can be driven.
The 2020 Mirai is sold only in California and Hawaii. If Toyota wants to increase the sales of the model, it should expand the infrastructure for such cars as soon as possible.
The second-generation Toyota Mirai has a near 50/50 weight distribution, switches from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive to provide space for all powertrain components, offers more horsepower and a larger driving range of about 404 miles vs the current model’s 312 mi EPA-rated.
The new Mirai rides on Toyota’s GA-L platform. It’s 2.6 inches lower and 2.8 inches wider than the previous model.
The car’s fuel-cell stack becomes more compact and efficient, It produces 128 kW compared to the current Mirai’s 114 kW. The single motor in the back delivers 180 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque.
The claimed 0-62 mph acceleration is unimpressive 9.2 seconds, but the Mirai is not a sports car, is it?