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Toyota: More H2 for the Fuel Cell ‘Mirai’

November 17, 2014 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Automaker Plans for Hydrogen Infrastructure Beyond California
With Air Liquide for a Dozen Fueling Stations in Northeast States,
Toyota Targets Consumers for $57,500 Car Going on Sale Next Fall

Toyota has announced Mirai – which means “future” in Japanese – as the name of its new fuel cell vehicle. To support Mirai’s launch in the U.S. Northeast in 2016, the automaker has disclosed a collaboration with Air Liquide for “a phased network of 12 state-of-the-art hydrogen stations targeted for New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.” updated November 18

Toyota's new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has been dubbed Mirai -- which means 'future.'

Toyota’s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has been dubbed Mirai — which means ‘future.’

“This vision will expand beyond the borders of California and give customers the opportunity to join the fuel cell movement,” Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said in a release.”

“Toyota’s vision of a hydrogen society is not just about building a great car, but ensuring accessible, reliable and convenient refueling,” he said.

Under the hood of the 2016 Toyota Mirai

Under the hood of the 2016 Toyota Mirai

Toyota says it will commence sales of the Mirai in California in fall 2015, for $57,500 or via lease for $499 per month with $3,649 down. “With combined state and federal incentives of $13,000 available to many customers, the purchase price could potentially fall to under $45,000,” Toyota said Monday.

Air Liquide for New York and Boston Areas

In May, Toyota announced a $7.3 million loan to FirstElement Fuels to support the operations and maintenance of 19 hydrogen fueling stations in California (F&F, May 2 and F&F, August 5).

The deal with FirstElement “augments funding provided by the California Energy Commission, and makes Toyota the only OEM to provide working capital for infrastructure development,” the automaker says. Air Products is to supply both equipment and hydrogen fuel for the FirstElement network (F&F, October 17).

Toyota unveiled its FCV concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show last year (F&F, December 2, 2013)

Toyota unveiled its FCV concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show last year (F&F, December 2, 2013)

The newly announced Air Liquide stations “will be strategically selected in the greater New York and Boston areas to provide the backbone of a hydrogen highway for the Northeast corridor,” Toyota said.

‘A New Mobility Ecosystem’

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be able to fuel in less than five minutes, Air Liquide says. The company noted today that it has delivered more than 60 hydrogen stations worldwide and operates hydrogen filling stations for the general public in Holland and Germany.

“Air Liquide sees great promise in the emergence of hydrogen FCEVs in the transportation sector around the world,” senior VP Michael Graff said in a release today. “We support the creation of a new mobility ecosystem and the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean and reliable energy source in the transportation sector.”

“We are ready to deliver,” Toyota president Akio Toyoda said in a new corporate video. Mirai, he said, represents a “turning point where a four-door sedan can travel 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, can be refueled in under five minutes and emit only water vapor.”


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Source: Toyota with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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