The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai is here to stay. At least for another generation.
Toyota confirmed that a new generation of the Toyota Mirai will debut in 2020 and will be significantly improved over the current Mirai thanks in part to over six years of research and learning since the first hydrogen-powered Mirai was unveiled.
The current Mirai was a pioneer. The next Mirai expected next year will be designed as a more mainstream car in the hopes of getting more people to buy into the idea and benefits of hydrogen. We don’t know exactly when the Mirai will be unveiled, but Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said it would next year. Toyota subsequently confirmed the next-gen Mirai, but didn’t elaborate on a date and didn’t confirm it would be next year.
That said, Tokyo is holding the Olympic Games next summer and you’d think Toyota would want to showcase the Mirai to the world at that point.
The Toyota Mirai was introduced in 2014 and has since been arguably the most visible hydrogen car on the market. It was one of few hydrogen cars offered in North America alongside the Hyundai Tucson FCEV and Honda Clarity FCEV. Hyundai has since developed the Hyundai Nexo as its new hydrogen vehicle.
The current Toyota Mirai develops 151 horsepower from an electric engine. A hydrogen fuel cell generates the electricity needed to power the Mirai’s engine and needs hydrogen, not a power outlet, to recharge. In other words, getting back on the road in a hydrogen car when the tank is depleted isn’t really any different from fueling at a gas station. With the number of hydrogen stations increasing in North America, Toyota hopes to be able to offer the Mirai to more people in the coming years.