“The Toyota Mirai – The first saloon of hydrogen production in series”, so reads the page of the German Toyota
At the beginning of August they came to Europe the first five Toyota Mirai, car hydrogen production in series that are sold to individuals, such as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. This month starts officially the sales in Germany, the Uk and Denmark. The next country is Belgium, at the beginning of the year.
What do they have in common with these countries? A infrastructure decent supply of hydrogen, entíendase as “decent” that it is possible to travel almost across the country without calling the tow truck. Unlike other cars car-ownership alternative, the fuel cell stack will only work with hydrogen, and in a degree of purity high.
At the end of the year there will be 50 service stations in Germany by 2023 to around 400
pioneer is not very cheap, in Germany, each kilogram of hydrogen costs about 10 euros. That means that about 550 km with 45 euros, your tank pressurized supports 4,7 kilos.
Are something more than 8 euros per 100 km, is equivalent to 7,45 l/100 km of gasoline 1,10 € /liter. The price of hydrogen should decrease with the passage of time.
at the moment hydrogen is produced from non-renewable sources, although there are also cases in which it is produced as a residue of another industrial activity, and takes advantage of it. When you are able to produce massively and in an environmentally friendly manner, it will be all very different.
In economy of use, there are sedans segment D (4,7-4,8 meters long) with an economic performance similar to, but much more economic. In Germany, the Toyota Mirai comes out with a price of just 80,000 euros, so that from the strictly economic point of view is interesting.
With cars it’s similar to the production of fuel, are so few, and so expensive, that the prices are high. the production capacity of The Toyota Mirai is 3,000 units per year, while for 2020 it is expected to take 10 times more cars. Even Toyota has not given with the key to produce it massive and quickly.
In summer came the first three-Mirai with steering wheel to the left, destined for continental Europe
anyway, it’s not going to remove the hands, at least in our continent. They will come to Europe 100 units during 2016, the first 50 will be exclusively for Germany, Denmark, the Uk and Belgium.
Almost all will end up in the hands of companies and institutions
In the United Kingdom are not much better in terms of infrastructure. The current network consists of 15 stations, is expected in 2020 will reach 65. In Spain can be counted on the fingers of one hand: Madrid, Zaragoza and Seville. We will not see many for these lands.
in 2015 has been the “year zero” of the hydrogen, but primarily in the united States and Japan, where there is more infrastructure of refuelling and where they are for most units. The next to join the party will be Honda, which revealed the production model of its new generation of fuel cell.
More manufacturers will be added, such as BMW and Lexus, in addition to General Motors, Daimler, etc, we’ll keep you informed…