Toyota Mirai First Look - Hydrogen Power Goes Mainstream
Among the futuristic concepts littered around the CES floor, Toyota is displaying its 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan, which the automaker is really trying to push as the standard of the future. I mean, Toyota saw fit to make more than 5,600 fuel cell patent available for royalty free use to the industry, so hydrogen could become a huge deal if the infrastructure gets put in place.
The Mirai sports an AC synchronous electric generator that's capable of producing 151 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque, which in theory should push the car to 60mph in 9 seconds. Not the fastest beast around, but you're not buying the Mirai to be a champion drag racer. Each fuel-cell is comprised of 370 cells weighing in about 102 grams, with a possible range of about 300 miles. That's enough to get you around Southern California, but obviously not enough to take a long road trip.