First FCEV to break 1,000 km on a tank
Full tank ready to go five minutes after record run
A Toyota Mirai has set a new record for the longest trip on a single tank of hydrogen. The fuel cell vehicle broke the 1,000 km barrier on public roads in France. It was also ready to make the trip again five minutes after it crossed the finish line, one of the big benefits of the fuel cells.
The trek started in Orly, south of Paris, and continued to the southwest into France’s Loir-et-Cher and Indre-et-Loire areas. Once the 1,003 km trip was complete, the distance (as well as the fuel consumption) were certified by an independent authority. The old record was 779 km set by a Hyundai Nexo in 2019.
The all-new Toyota Mirai is much larger than the model it replaced, but it also holds a more efficient fuel cell system to get more electricity and distance out of every gram of hydrogen. A 1 kg larger capacity for the hydrogen fuel allows it a longer range than the old model and the new technology helps make the car 25 percent cheaper.
Official economy estimates for the car put the range at 650 km, but Toyota’s drivers adopted “an economical driving style” to help boost the range. Toyota said, though, that the team used no techniques that couldn’t be done in regular driving. So no riding the back of a truck or driving down the highway at half the limit.
“It’s an amazing result that we achieved with the new Mirai. One that embodies the mindset of Toyota’s Start your Impossible mentality of going beyond our own limits. This drives us and we proved it again today. I would like to thank the teams of Toyota France and Toyota Europe, as well as Victorien at Energy Observer, with whom we share the same vision and the same ambition. It is through strong partnerships that we will be able to contribute to a better and more environmentally friendly society,” said Toyota France CEO Frank Marotte