Toyota has plans to launch second-generation Mirai Fuel Cell car by the next year according to Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada.
During an international ministerial meeting in hydrogen energy in Tokyo, the chairman has unveiled the company’s plans to launch the 2nd generation Mirai Fuel Cell car, the company is expected to launch the car by the second or third half of 2020.
Earlier, Toyota had launched the first generation of Mirai car in late 2014, taking it as the base for mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car. Using its hydrogen fuel-cell stacks the company is now developing even more efficient hydrogen fuel-cell powered car with a stationary generator system.
Currently, the company is testing the fuel-cell generator and it will be planted in Toyota’s Honsha (headquarters) plant after the testing phase is completed. Toyota has a highly sophisticated production system installed at Honsha, the plant also assembles battery packs for some of the Toyota hybrid models including Prius.
Toyota says the 2nd generation may serve as a good starter for the development of next-generation stack, according to the company the 2nd generation would be more energy-efficient, stable generation output, and durable.
The project is the part of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 aims at zero carbon emissions in their production plants and manufacturing sites, Honsha plant currently emits a total annual CO2 of 62,500 tons which is neither too high nor low as compared to company’s other plants around the world.
BMW has also announced earlier this month that the company is developing next-generation hydrogen vehicles powered by Toyota’s fuel-cell stack. Toyota has already been successful with fuel-cell forklifts in a joint venture with truckmaker PACCAR. If the technology is not headed up to personal vehicles for some time on a large scale, it may scale up to build electric cars that are already gaining momentum in the market.