Hydrogen Toyota Achieves 1000km Range

Wed 2nd Jun 2021

While the world is slowly converting to electrification of vehicles, Toyota’s Mirai is breaking records for alternative fuel cars.

The pioneering Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell car, completed a landmark drive last month, when it covered an impressive journey of 1,003 km, or 623 miles. The vehicle, which still had 9km of range left at the end of its drive, was driven by a combination of four drivers on public roads in the south of Paris.

The 1000km drive is a new world record for an FCV on a single fill, beating the previous record by Toyota’s rival Hyundai, who achieved 778km with their NEXO vehicle.

“The journey started on Wednesday 26th of May at 5:43 am from the HYSETCO hydrogen station in Orly and finished after driving 1003 km on one single fill,” said a Toyota statement.

“The 1003 zero-emission kilometres were driven on public roads, south of Paris and in the Loir-et-Cher and Indre-et-Loire areas, and the distance & consumption were certified by an independent authority.

"To achieve this 1003 km driving distance record, the drivers adopted an “eco-driving” style but no special techniques that could not be used by everyday drivers."

While hydrogen technology is being offered as another alternative to petrol and diesel, with zero emissions being an attraction, there will still be some opposition from the driving public. The Mirai can be bought for £49,995 in the UK, but hydrogen refuelling facilities are limited and still quite costly compared to electric, at £43 to refuel.

Toyota’s Chief Engineer Yoshikazu said earlier this year that he hoped that the hydrogen powered car wasn’t just a gimmick and that people would enjoy driving it.

“We have worked to make a car that customers will want to drive all the time, a car that has an emotional and attractive design and the kind of dynamic and responsive performance that can bring a smile to the driver’s face. I want customers to say ‘I chose the Mirai simply because I wanted this car – it just happens to be an FCEV,’” he said.