Toyota Mirai sets world record, drives over 1,000 km on one tank of hydrogen- Technology News, Firstpost

The second-generation Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle set a new world record by traveling more than 1,000 km on a single tank of hydrogen. The new Mirai has covered 1,003 kilometers on public roads, south of Paris, France, in the Loir-et-Cher and Indre-et-Loire regions. The journey began on May 26, at 5:43 a.m. from the HYSETCO hydrogen filling station in Orly, and ended once the 1,000 kilometer mark had been crossed, with the Mirai still having nine kilometers of range at the end of the race.

At the end of its record run, the Toyota Mirai still had nine kilometers of range. Image: Toyota

During this successful world record attempt, a total of four pilots took the wheel, including Victorien Erussard, the founder and captain of Energy Observer, which is the world’s first hydrogen-powered boat. James Olden, engineer at Toyota Motor Europe, Maxime le Hir, Mirai product manager, and Marie Gadd, Toyota France public relations manager, were the other drivers.

The Mirai is equipped with an electric motor powered by a fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity. For the entire trip, the average hydrogen consumption was only 0.55 grams per kilometer, and the Mirai’s three tanks can hold up to 5.6 kg of hydrogen. After breaking the record, Mirai was fully refueled to a hydrogen shutdown at 700 bar and was ready to go in just five minutes.

During the event, the Eiffel Tower was illuminated for the first time with green hydrogen to mark the day and the moment of the establishment of the new record. Launched overseas in 2020, the new Toyota Mirai currently has a range of up to 850 kilometers, a significant leap from the range of 550 kilometers of the previous generation model, on the Japanese driving cycle.

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