The Toyota FCV Could Be Named Mirai

Toyota FCV 1 photo
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At the beginning of this year, we got really excited about the fact that Toyota registered the “Mirai” trademark, which at that moment meant only one thing - it must be the next Supra. Well, it wasn’t quite like that, because a bit later, after the FT-1 concept was unveiled, the Japanese automaker revived the “Supra” name for the US again.
So basically, there had to be another vehicle to be named Mirai then. We thought it could be the other small sportscar Toyota plans to build someday, but then if you study the word properly and discover it means “future” in Japanese, it makes no sense for a small budget sportscar.

Citing an unnamed source close to Toyota, Bloomberg reports that the Mirai name will be assigned to the new Toyota FCV hydrogen sedan. Now that’s more like it, since the automaker considers fuel cells the technology of the “future”.

Currently, Toyota refers to its new hydrogen car as the FCV, despite having revealed the production model to the public, but maybe it will change it’s name when it will hit the US market in the fall of 2015.

Meanwhile, in Japan they plan to put it on sale starting with next year’s spring, the government already planning substantial incentives to encourage customers buy them. This way, the FCV will be priced about the same as a luxury medium-sized sedan.

In case you just landed on the fuel cell topic, these vehicles promise to be as green as EVs while at the same time get rid of their shortcomings. Fuel cell vehicles will create their electricity onboard by combining hydrogen with the oxygen in the atmosphere to create water and... electricity of course.

Unlike EV’s, their hydrogen tanks can be filled in about 3 minutes and will also boast a significant range advantage compared to what current lithium-ion batteries can provide.
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