As expected, Toyota has officially announced the name of its upcoming 2016 fuel-cell vehicle, which will be called the Mirai.
As expected, Toyota has officially announced the name of its upcoming 2016 fuel-cell vehicle, which will be called the Mirai. According to Toyota, Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese, represents a turning point for the automotive industry.
Right now the future of fuel-cell vehicles is dependent on the hydrogen infrastructure and Toyota has announced plans to help drive the development of a hydrogen refueling infrastructure in five northeastern U.S. states. Toyota is collaborating with Air Liquide to develop and supply a phased network of 12 hydrogen stations targeted for New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
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The announcement builds on Toyota’s announcement earlier this year for a $7.3 million loan to FirstElement Fuels to support the operations and maintenance of 19 hydrogen fueling stations across California.
“Toyota’s vision of a hydrogen society is not just about building a great car, but ensuring accessible, reliable and convenient refueling for our customers,” said Jim Lentz. “I am happy to announce that this vision will expand beyond the borders of California and give customers the opportunity to join the fuel cell movement.”