Fuel prices seem to increase on a daily basis, but thanks to Toyota’s latest concept design of the Mirai, you might not have to worry about fossils fuel prices ever again.
While speaking at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota showed off their latest concept car which runs on hydrogen fuel cells. Toyotas chief technology officer, Shigeki Terashi made the claim that the Mirai could be powered for an entire year from hydrogen collected from a single cow’s manure.
The concept car uses a method known as “fuel stack” to transform liquefied hydrogen into electricity, with water being the only byproduct, making the technology emission free.
The new Mirai is set to launch in 2021 and is larger than the previous model, which was released in 2014. The new size of Mirai will allow Toyota to increase the cars range by at least 30%, meaning the new Mirai could drive around 640 Kilometers on a single charge.
“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,” Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of the Mirai project, told Japan Times. “We hope that with the new Mirai, we will be a leader in helping to realize a hydrogen energy society.”
This isn’t Toyota’s first foray into the world of cow manure. In 2017, Toyota announced they’ve partnered with shell to build a power plant in Long Beach, California that would capture methane gas from dairy cattle manure before converting it into water, electricity, and hydrogen.