In collaboration between Toyota and Hob son’s Bay City Council based in Melbourne, Mirai vehicles are coming to Australia as part of the real-world testing that the company is conducting for the newly manufactured hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Many businesses are excited with the concept including the mechanic on the Gold Coast as they might be able to get their hands on these new models.
The Toyota Mirai electric vehicle which is powered by fuel-cell also known as FCEV will be subjected to a trial run of 12 weeks. The cars will be set in different conditions during the drive which will be accomplished by the council members. This is the measure the company is taking to test the capacity of the vehicle in terms of zero-emissions functions.
Once this 12-week trial period is over, Toyota has already plans to do a number of trials within a three-year window. The Mirai will be sent to companies and various organization willing to test drive the vehicles. Each lender company or organization will only be given 12 weeks to test the vehicles.
As of writing, there is no proper refueling network suitable for FCEV but Toyota is going to provide a mobile station for refueling which will be installed in Altona where their manufacturing facility used to be. The location is also close to the Hob son’s Bay City Council which can be accessed for top ups.
The Mirai has a driving range of 550 kilometres with a power of 114 kilowatts and a torque of 335 Nm. The figures are almost the same as the RAV4 SUV.
Matt Macleod, the manager of advanced technology vehicles’ of Toyota Australia, said that the trial’s goal is to let the public know about the Miraisedan which is using an alternative power to function. He added that they are already expecting Australia to adopt CO2 regulations soon which is why they are focusing to develop vehicles such as Mirai which are zero-emission.
The company including mechanic on the Gold Coast is excited for the testing of the vehicle and how it will fare in the real-world.