Toyota Mirai 2, not for Europe… yet
Toyota indicates that the Mirai Mk2 will be launched on the Japanese market and in the United States at the end of 2020. Whether and when this version will come to Europe could not be confirmed by the Belgian importer.
Japanese market takes the lead
After a career of six years, Toyota replaces its first generation Mirai, Toyota’s hydrogen car. Not only does the new version look a lot more attractive, but it also offers better performance. This second-generation was already unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019, and sales will soon start in Japan’s home market and the US.
Lower weight, a wider range
Today, the Mirai is one of the few car models in which a fuel cell is used. These cars fill up with hydrogen, which is converted by the fuel cell into an electric current. After all, a fuel cell car has an electric drive. The main difference with a BEV (battery electric vehicle) is that it is replaced by a fuel cell.
With the hydrogen stored in tanks, a fuel cell car usually has a lower weight and achieves a wider driving range than a BEV. Despite these advantages, hydrogen cars remain very expensive (the Mirai 1 costs almost € 80.000), and the refueling network is inadequate. This is possibly the reason why this Mirai 2 is not (yet) coming to Europe.
Toyota does not give exact technical specifications today but would like to say that, compared to Mirai 1, the driving range will increase by 30% thanks to larger storage tanks and more sophisticated fuel cell technology (improved stacks), which should take the car around 650 km.
We know that the Mirai Mk2 will get a new platform where the electric drive will be mounted on the rear axle. The car measures 4,97 meters long, is 1,88 meters wide, and barely 1,47 meters high. Aerodynamics remains important. The car will also become a five-seater (the current version offers only 4 seats), and it will have a digital, driver-oriented dashboard (12,3 inches).