Busy Hydrogen Station - 2016 Toyota Mirai Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2016 in Toyota
imageBusy Hydrogen Station - 2016 Toyota Mirai Long-Term Road Test

How likely are you to see another 2016 Toyota Mirai on the road? Not very, unless you're refueling at the Long Beach True Zero station.

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  • throwbackthrowback Member Posts: 445
    I still don't see how hydrogen is a viable fuel in the long run. Using hydrogen to create electricity on board a car seems like a waste of time and energy. Factor in the cost of hydrogen and natural gas seems like a better solution if you must use a gas to power your car.
  • thgir_evomthgir_evom Member Posts: 4
    I think that the misconception is that Hydrogen is the fuel... In the marai it is more of a "battery" using reverse electrolysis, An electron is released to create the electrical charge required. The resultant chemical reaction creates water as the byproduct. This water then could go through re-electrolysis and separate to form hydrogen and oxygen. Where the cycle could continue indefinitely... The sticking point is that you need energy to create the reaction. In the future, wind and solar could be wonderful for creating "0 net" emission hydrogen. One question, is the system cheaper or better for the environment than mining and making batteries or drilling oil...
  • gslippygslippy Member Posts: 514
    You saw 3 *other* Mirais in one day?! Cars.com shows exactly two for sale in the whole country, with the closest one to me being 2161 miles away, located in Santa Monica - wherever that is. It is listed at $58,335.

    You're not in the heart of Mirai country; your area is the only Mirai country there is.

    Your test of this car is merely an academic exercise. No mfr is going to seriously invest in H2 because the infrastructure and affordability just aren't there, and never will be. Toyota will eventually tire of pouring money into this science project, and will be forced to embrace EVs. If Toyota and Hyundai were serious about H2 expansion, they'd build out some infrastructure to support it (just like Tesla's Supercharger network).
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