Toyota Technology Leads Again

Posted Monday, Mar 09, 2015 by nhtwpprod

Toyota came out with the first mass-produced hybrid with the best-selling Prius in 1997. They are leading the technology charge again with one of the first hydrogen fuel cell cars to be commercially sold.  Introduced in Japan last year, the demand for the new Toyota Mirai has exceeded expectations. Toyota will make it available in the U.S. in mid- 2015, only in California initially. North Hollywood Toyota is excited about bringing this exciting revolution in automobile development to you.

What Exactly Is Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology?

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV) are similar in many ways to electric cars. Both use electric motors, both have battery packs, and both use regenerative braking to put electricity back into the battery. The difference is, rather than charging a battery with electricity from plugging into an electricity grid, power comes from a fuel cell that takes hydrogen that is pumped into the car’s tank and turns it into electricity. The hydrogen tank is made from carbon fiber and is as safe, or safer than, traditional gasoline tanks.

Hydrogen is the most abundant element found in the universe. However, it is rare in the pure form needed for FCVs. It needs to be processed, and there are a number of ways to do that, including technologies using natural gas or electrolysis. Continued developments in obtaining hydrogen will make the process more eco-friendly and cost-effective. Contributing to its eco-friendliness is the fact that, except for water vapor, there is zero exhaust emission from a hydrogen fuel cell powered car.

FCVs have comparable ranges to gasoline-powered cars. Toyota states the Mirai has a range of about 300 miles, getting around 60 MPG—and it takes less than 5 minutes to fill up the tank. Impressive!

Another great feature about FCVs is that they can use the transmissions and drive trains of most existing cars, making it possible to roll out other models without starting from the ground up. 

What About the Mirai Itself?

Mirai means “future” in Japanese, and that’s what this FCV delivers. Wickedly stylish, with responsive handling due to its low center of gravity and strategically located fuel cell stack and hydrogen tanks, the Mirai is more than a zero emission, long distance traveling marvel. It fits four, has Toyota’s pre-collision warning system, blind spot detection, lane change detection, and automatic high-beam headlights, making it safe, as well as stylish and efficient.

North Hollywood Toyota Has the Right Toyota Model for You

If you are looking for Toyotas for sale in the Hollywood area, make us your first stop. With our prices, inventory, and specials, we will be your last stop, as well.

We are the place to find the best deals and sales on Toyotas. Whether you are looking for a quality used car on sale, or wanting to drive away in a new Toyota, visit our North Hollywood dealership on Lankershim Blvd., or talk to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives by giving us a call at 800-800-6730 today!