Hydrogen fuel cells are another anti-pollution solution, but they are falling short of the development of electric vehicle technology.
Toyota just announced today that its flagship hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the 2nd generation Toyota Mirai, has broken the world record for distance traveled by a hydrogen battery vehicle on a single full charge. .
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the car, which is alternately driven by four people, has been able to cover a distance of 1,003 km and still have 9 km remaining according to the information system integrated in the display. The average hydrogen consumption rate is 0.55 kg/100 km (Mirai has a maximum tank capacity of 5.6 kg). This achievement is significantly higher than the 778 km record previously set by Hyundai NEXO.
A Toyota representative said: “The journey begins on Wednesday, May 26 at 5:43 a.m. from the HYSETCO hydrogen station in Orly and ends after running 1,003 km on a single refueling. 1,003 km of zero emissions have been made on public roads, south of Paris and in the areas of Loir-et-Cher and Indre-et-Loire, and mileage and fuel consumption have been improved. independent certification body. To achieve this 1,003 km driving distance record, the drivers applied ‘eco-driving’ but none of the techniques were too special for an ordinary person.”
This is a very impressive result, especially when the car can be ready to go further after just 5 minutes of refueling. However, whether this result changes people’s views on battery electric vehicles is another story. In the immediate future, electric cars are still believed to be the most optimal zero-emission solution and the distance electric vehicles can travel on a full charge is also constantly increasing. In countries where there are many charging stations installed, users will also be able to go everywhere without having to worry much.
With very limited hydrogen fueling infrastructure, hydrogen cars clearly have no advantage over electric vehicles. But in addition to infrastructure, hydrogen-powered cars also create another concern that is economic. Currently, the Toyota Mirai is starting at around 63,900 Euros with 19% VAT in Germany, and you have to pay almost 50 Euros per refueling, a factor that affects the long-term use value because of car rivals. The electricity can be easily plugged in and charged at home.