Auto Plus was able to take the wheel of the second-generation hydrogen sedan. Discovery of an atypical technology in video!
Toyota launched the second generation of its hydrogen-powered sedan, the Mirai, at the end of 2020. And for the occasion, everything has been reviewed: exit the strange Prius alien-style look, hello to a format of large luxury sedan, propulsion moreover. A positioning more in line with the price imposed by this technology: € 67,900 for the entry-level Lounge finish, and even € 74,900 for the top-of-the-range Executive. Sacred entry ticket for a Toyota sedan!
Specific use, difficult on a daily basis
So what is this Mirai really worth while driving? Vincent Desmont, our journalist, delivers his verdict on video : the set is dynamically good, with correct performance, even if the direction is a little blurry. However, hydrogen is a completely different way of life: if the fuel cell offers a range of over 600 km with 0 exhaust emissions, and with fill-ups in 5 minutes, in practice it is a bit complicated. Indeed, there is still that few hydrogen stations in France, with a rather high cost for a full tank. Worse, the production of hydrogen is still very “dirty”, since it comes from hydrocarbons or coal.
In short, driving a Mirai today is not for everyone. In some specific uses (fleets, taxis), the Toyota can be consistent. But the adoption by the general public of hydrogen is not immediately.
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Source: Auto Plus by www.autoplus.fr.
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