The Toyota Mirai has achieved a new record of great importance for the automotive industry. Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle goes a record distance without refueling with the help of professional hypermilers and easy maintenance.
Battery electric vehicles are currently the beauty of the green car ball, but the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai is a compelling case for keeping a party invitation open for fuel cell electric vehicles. To illustrate, Toyota has claimed the Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by a fuel cell vehicle without refueling , completing an 845-mile journey through Southern California in two days.
How was the record achieved?
The record- breaking attempt took place on August 23-24 this year, with professional hypermiler Wayne Gerdes at the wheel and Bob Winger as co-driver. After a 5-minute fill, the 2021 Mirai tank was sealed and certified by Guinness World Records officials before the team departed the Toyota Technical Center in Gardena, California. The Mirai traveled to San Ysidro, then Santa Barbara, then continued on the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Monica and Malibu before returning to Gardena. The team returned to TTC with 473 miles logged by GPS.
On day 2, the team resumed driving, logging an additional 372 miles on a local circuit before returning to TTC with a total of 845 miles driven. Guinness officials later confirmed that the FCEV tank seal had not been tampered with and began the certification process of the record attempt.
Toyota tells us that the Mirai averaged 152 miles per gallon equivalent and consumed a total of 5.65 kilograms of hydrogen during the two days of testing, with its only exhaust emission being water. The automaker estimates that a combustion sedan would have emitted about 664 pounds of CO2 over the same distance. A similarly sized Toyota Avalon V6 would have depleted about 352 grams per mile, totaling 658 pounds of CO2 for the total distance.
The vehicle that held the record was not modified
Toyota attributes its extended-range performance to a combination of proper wheel alignment and maintenance, adjusted tire pressure, and high-speed driving techniques.
“In 2016, the Toyota Mirai was the first production fuel cell electric vehicle available for retail in North America, and now the next-generation Mirai is setting distance records,” said Bob Carter, Toyota executive vice president. North America motor. “We are proud to be the leader in this exciting technology, which is just one of a growing line of zero-emission vehicles in our portfolio,” he added.