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Thursday Throwback Story: Zero Emission to Frankfurt: Driving in the Toyota Mira

By October 29, 2020 2   min read  (358 words)

October 29, 2020 |

Hydrogen technology of the future today

  • Emission-free in the Rhine-Main area
  • Hydrogen as a sustainable source of energy
  • Great potential of the fuel cell even in stationary application

Cologne–Hydrogen as an energy carrier of the future – that was the topic of the Toyota Zero Emission to Frankfurt Tour. It was not only the fuel cell vehicle Toyota Mirai (fuel consumption combined with 0.76 kg / 100 km, combined power consumption 0 kWh / 100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 0 g / km) that could be experienced at various stations today, how in the future our society will be powered by hydrogen.

Starting in Frankfurt, the Toyota Mirai went to Energiepark Mainz, where hydrogen is already being produced sustainably from wind power and electrolysis for the regional filling station network. During the tour through the Rhine-Main area, the electrical drive of the Mirai with its pulling power and driving comfort was able to convince the journalists. The fuel cell generated locally during the up to 500 kilometers long drive no emissions – from the exhaust comes only water vapor – and can also be fully refueled within 3 minutes. In Frankfurt, the participants of the tour were able to visit the stationary fuel cell system of the Radisson Blu Hotel. This will allow the hotel, with more than 400 rooms, to meet the energy requirements in the future with zero emissions. Not only the power of the system but also the generated heat is used.

Driving forward fuel cell technology is part of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 sustainability program. In it, the Japanese automaker has set a number of long-term goals for reducing the CO 2 emissions of its vehicles and its plants. In addition to passenger cars such as the Toyota Mirai and the stationary application, the energy carrier hydrogen is particularly suitable in payload transport. For example, Toyota is currently testing fuel cell trucks in the US and preparing for the nationwide deployment of fuel cell buses at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The technical basis for the Toyota fuel cell vehicles is introduced in 1997 and continuously developed Toyota hybrid drive. Toyota has already sold 15 million hybrid vehicles worldwide and reduced CO 2 emissions by more than 100 million tonnes.

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