Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai Sedan to be launched in Japan in December; elsewhere in 2015

Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai Sedan to be launched in Japan in December; elsewhere in 2015

In a highly noteworthy last-week announcement, bigwig Japanese automaker Toyota said that it is set to launch the world's first mass fuel-cell vehicle - the Mirai Sedan - in its domestic market in December. The launch of the vehicle in the US and European markets is expected in 2015.

The cost of the Mirai Sedan in Japan will be 6.7 million yen ($57,500). Toyota is hopeful that it will sell 400 units of the new hydrogen-powered vehicle next year. The company projects a sale of 3,000 units of the Mirai Sedan in the US by the end of 2017; and plans to sale 100 units of the vehicle annually in Europe. Over the next ten years, Toyota aims at producing thousands of Mirai vehicles.

The four-door Mirai Sedan is being described by Toyota's top executives as an industrial milestone. The fuel-cell vehicle is powered by hydrogen, and it emits only water vapor on its tail pipe. According to Toyota, the Mirai Sedan has the capability to travel a distance of approximately 650 kilometers - three times more distance than an electric vehicle - on full tank, on a single charge. Moreover, the Mirai's tank can also be filled in few minutes, like gasoline cars.

With regard to the forthcoming Mirai Sedan, Toyota's Executive VP Mitsuhisa said at a presentation in Tokyo on Tuesday that the vehicle essentially symbolizes two major innovations --- it unfolds an innovative way to solve the global warming problem; and it will help in hydrogen-based societies.

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