The unique engine of the 2020 Toyota Mirai combines hydrogen stored in triple-layer tanks with atmospheric oxygen. This combination happens in the fuel cell, where the heat generated by the chemical reaction turns into electricity, electricity which then powers a heavy-duty motor borrowed from an advanced Lexus hybrid car. The hydrogen comes from breaking water molecules apart in the first place, which means the process of creating and using up hydrogen is completely green.
Physically, the Mirai is a large saloon that’s similar in size to a Ford Mondeo but with oddly gawky styling. Unlike most electric cars – battery-powered ones anyway – it has a gaping grille designed to funnel oxygen into the fuel cell. The hydrogen is stored in two small and phenomenally tough carbon-fiber tanks, where it’s compressed to an incredible 10,000psi. One 5kg hydrogen fill (equivalent to around 130 liters) is enough to take you 300 miles. The rest of the powertrain is just like a Toyota Prius hybrid, with variations on the theme already fitted to more than 2.5 million vehicles around the world.
Powering the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder with 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque paired with an 8-speed automatic. Towing capacity can climb all the way up to 3,500 pounds in some versions. Although the RAV4’s engine has more horsepower than any other four-cylinder in the compact SUV segment including the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Volkswagen Tiguan, fuel economy is among the best you can find in a compact sport utility led headlight bulb vehicle with an average of 9.2 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 7,1 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway. That’s with all-wheel drive.
Toyota has spent the last five years as the Worldwide Mobility Partner” of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. So far, that’s equated to little more than providing some cars at the events—and making a big PR push. But in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympics, Toyota has bigger plans. The carmaker is providing approximately 3,700 vehicles for the event, many of which have never been released in public before, and 90% of them are electric. This fleet of vehicles varies wildly in scale and purpose, from small buses to personal scooters to robots that save you a trip altogether—and even help retrieve javelins from the field during track events.
The Toyota Mirai looks futuristic. The multi-LED lighting at the front and rear accents its aerodynamic shape, while the chrome front grille and color-keyed bumpers add the right amount of sportiness and sophistication to the overall design. The Mirai has a unique structure that distributes the crash forces around the sturdy passenger cabin, fuel tanks and hydrogen fuel system. This reduces body deformation and also reduces the chances of passenger injury. The car has collapsible steering that also absorbs impact force.