The much anticipated Toyota Mirai is due to be released later this year, but how much do you know about the car that represents a new age of vehicles. To begin with you can tell a lot from the name. Mirai is the Japanese word for 'future', and Toyota are certainly breaking down barriers to ensure this car helps our future.
The Mirai went on sale in Japan last December and has become very popular, with Toyota taking 1,500 orders in its first month. You may not think that's a lot, but Toyota had originally expected to sell 400 units by the end of this year, so the uptake in its first month was exceptional. The Mirai is due to be introduced to the UK and US markets in September 2015 and it recently proved to be very popular when making its first public appearance in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Mirai marks Toyota's first production of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Hydrogen is an important future energy source, and in this instance, is used as fuel to generate electricity. Hydrogen can be generated from a wide range of natural resources and man-made by-products and can also be created from water using natural, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. When it's compressed it has a higher energy density than batteries and is easy to store and transport so has the potential to power all kinds of appliances in the future.
The car was designed to be environmentally friendly and the only exhaust emission is water vapour. There are no CO2 or pollutant emissions when driving and it gives the same level of convenience as a petrol-powered vehicle. The best part is filling up with hydrogen fuel only takes about three minutes!
Everyone at Currie Motors Toyota is excited about the Mirai's arrival in the UK and we hope you are now too, roll on September!