In 2015 was presented the Toyota Mirai, a car that innovates on both aesthetics and under the hood, where we find a hydrogen engine. In fact, “mirai” in Japanese means future. The design of this first generation is partly reminiscent of the Corolla but boasts more efficient aerodynamics. The interior has some flaws in terms of build quality, and the steering wheel has a particularly outdated style. Apart from that, the digital instrumentation compiled from various screens immediately catches the eye; internally the Mirai is a real spaceship! Furthermore, the interiors’ silence is guaranteed by the extensive use of sound-absorbing materials. But, as anticipated before, the biggest innovation is the hydrogen engine. It is still an experiment, but the Mirai confirms that if we invest in this technology in a few years we could have ecological and long-range hydrogen vehicles, but for the moment the Mirai has an autonomy in line with that of a normal petrol car. Among other things, it seems that the technology used (made almost entirely by Toyota itself) makes the car quite heavy: 1850 kilograms for 4.90 meters in length. Part of the weight is due to the two hydrogen tanks weighing a total of 175 kilos and to the “fuel cell” component. According to Toyota, refueling takes only 3 minutes. Also, the crash test results are very positive, and confirm that hydrogen is a safe technology. Although Toyota always tries to offer new technologies at an affordable price, the Mirai has an inevitably high price, partly justified by the high costs of research and production. It must also be said that the price of hydrogen, around 12 euros or dollars per liter, is not low. A liter of hydrogen makes the Mirai travel about 100 kilometers.

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🏎 Toyota Mirai I
📍 Japan
🛠 1.6 kWh Hydrogen e-CVT 154HP
💨 9,6 seconds
🔝 175km/h
💶 66.000€ in Europe
💵 60.000$ in the United States
Our vote: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️ (4/5)