This is an amazing feeling as we are today driving one of the most advanced cars in the whole world in India! Very few people have been given this chance and today MyNewCar is one of them. What is this car and why are we so excited by this? This is called the Toyota Mirai and it is indeed the car of the future plus that is the meaning of its name too (Mirai means ‘future’ in Japanese)!
The Mirai signals the possible future of the automobile plus the environment being more precious to us than ever, can the Mirai be the car we all want to drive in the future? Well we drove the car in India to find out!
What is the Toyota Mirai?
Well the Mirai runs on hydrogen. Yes it is not a petrol or diesel car and nor is it an electric car. Its base is a hydrogen fuel cell. The fuel cell takes the hydrogen to convert it into electricity and that is used to feed the motor. There is also a battery to store energy through brake regeneration.
Thus it is not an electric car which you need to wait hours and charge via a plug as instead you need to put hydrogen in the Mirai. It also goes 500km plus and needs only 3 minutes to top up which seems better than an EV with the only issue being the lack of hydrogen filling stations are there is only one in India! Also there is the cost but let’s first focus on the car.
How is it to drive?
To drive the Mirai is not uncomplicated at all and once you are in, the interior is a pretty futuristic looking cockpit. There are glossy black panels, soft touch materials, capacitive touch displays and big screens all over. It is a futuristic looking dashboard but also which looks high in quality.
Of course it drives like an electric car with no sound at all. You drive it in silence plus Toyota has put in extra efforts to make it more silent and that has worked. Acceleration is smooth and it is quick plus easy to drive. The Mirai is a big and heavy car but the 152 bhp electric motor gives enough juice for a fun driving experience.
Unique Features of Mirai
Well the design sure is one as it looks stunning plus it gets a lot of attention due to those unique design details and the way the lines flow- it is like water! The hydrogen is stored in two high pressure tanks plus if you are worried regarding safety, the Mirai has been tested and the fact that it is powered by hydrogen does not make it un-safe at all!
The Mirai is something that represents an argument over whether EVs are the only future. To drive or as a family luxury car, it is as good as Toyota's get plus unlike an EV you do not need to wait for hours. The only issue is the technology and the issue of filling the car with hydrogen stations but it does represent a new way of personal mobility. Who knows we might drive one from a showroom someday in India!
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