One of the most important Japanese car manufacturers, Toyota announced on Tuesday that the company will start selling the first fuel-cell car in the world. The Toyota Mirai will be available in Japan in December and elsewhere in 2015. The Toyota officials called their new car a milestone in the automotive industry.
The new Toyota Mirai is a four-door sedan which runs on hydrogen and emits nothing but water vapors from its tailpipe. The innovative car costs 6.7 million yen (approximately $57.500) and Toyota expects to sell at least 400 units in the next year.
Mirai means “future” in Japanese and Toyota said that they chose this name because the Toyota Mirai will be the future of automobiles around the world. The car will be released in the UK, Denmark and Germany in the first half of 2015.
Akio Toyoda, the chief executive of Toyota made a video message on the official site saying:
“We are at a turning point in the automotive industry.”
Toyota is actually the biggest automaker in the world at the moment and said that it hopes to sell more than 3,000 Mirai cars by the end of 2017 in the US. Toyota also believes that the company will sell more than 100 cars per year in European countries. It also mentioned that the company is looking to manufacture tens of thousands of car during the next ten years.
The previous Toyota gasoline-electric hybrid cars, like the Prius, have sold more than 7 million units since 1997, when the car was launched.
Environmentalists say that more cars like the Toyota Mirai will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and will slow the process of global warming worldwide.
Toyota Mirai can travel more than 650 km without needing to be refueled, three times more than a usual electric car. The Mirai tank can be filled in a couple of minutes just like with a regular gasoline car.
The fuel-cell cars like the Toyota Mirai, are believed to be the Holy Grail of ecological cars, since they run on a chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen, which is not harmful for the environment.