Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai set a new world record for longest drive ever on hydrogen with just one fill. The new Toyota Mirai covered a distance of 1,003 kilometers (just over 623 miles). However, the previous record of 887.5 kilometers (483 miles) was held by Hyundai’s Nexo.
The record-breaking drive started at a hydrogen station in Orly, a suburb of Paris on May 26th. Mirai was on the road for 13 hours and six minutes, averaging around 68 Km/hr (42 mph). However, after breaking the record, Mirai was ready to roll again after a five-minute fill-up.
The Mirai was able to store 5.6 kg of green hydrogen. The average fuel consumption was 0.55 kg/100km (1.21 lbs/62 miles).
Four drivers took turns at the wheel to complete the record attempt using Mirai’s “eco-driving” style. But, all the driving was done without using any special technique that could not be used by any regular driver.
The new Mirai is the second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle offering better performance, sleeker and more dynamic design, and new driving dynamics compared to the first-generation product.
This drive was aimed to demonstrate the possibilities of long-distance driving with zero emissions especially when electric batteries are being considered a superior technology for clean and long-distance driving.