Toyota Spain Delivers a Second-Generation Toyota Mirai to Arpa, a Leading Company in Green Hydrogen Development

By October 4, 2023 5   min read  (839 words)

October 4, 2023 |

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  • With this transfer, Toyota materializes its commitment to the hydrogen industry and turns ARPA into a strategic partner.
  • With the 2nd generation Mirai, all companies working hand in hand with Toyota Spain in promoting hydrogen as an energy vector will have a vehicle with greater autonomy and greater efficiency, equipped with the latest fuel cell technology.

Toyota Spain has delivered a second-generation Toyota Mirai to Arpa at its facilities in Zaragoza. The handover took place on October 3rd, around noon. After the Mirai was handed over by the President and CEO of Toyota Spain, Miguel Carsi, there was a visit to ARPA’s factory and a meal at the company’s premises.

The vehicle was handed over to Clara Arpa, CEO of ARPA, accompanied by César Fernández, General Director, Teresa Berdié, Communications Director, and Jesús Montero from the R&D department of the company. From Toyota, in addition to Miguel Carsi, there were Berta Domínguez, One Team & Corporate General Manager, Sandra García, Hydrogen & Corporate Senior Manager, and Jaime Pérez, Hydrogen & Corporate Senior Specialist.

ARPA continues to be a leader in decarbonization efforts, with the organization already being a reference point. The addition of the second-generation Toyota Mirai further enhances the hydrogen propulsion project. Incorporating this vehicle involves fleet renewal, as they already had a first-generation Toyota Mirai. There are 23 vehicles in Spain, with this one being the only one outside Madrid.

Another company that also has a second-generation Mirai is Sumitomo Corporation Spain. Additionally, in a short period, Enagás, Urbaser, and Carburos Metálicos will also have their new Mirais. ARPA is the first to have one.

By having a second-generation Mirai, the companies partnered with Toyota Spain to promote hydrogen use are working to establish this energy as a cornerstone for short and medium-term decarbonization, utilizing the latest fuel cell technology in a more efficient and higher-range vehicle.

ARPA is a pioneer in green hydrogen development. Since 2015, they have been working on green hydrogen technologies, particularly for on-site generation from renewable energy surpluses. Therefore, they are leaders in the engineering, design, and manufacture of infrastructure for the production, storage, compression, and dispensing of green hydrogen. Less than a month ago, ARPA incorporated a hydrogen-powered forklift and has been involved in cutting-edge projects in Spain, such as dispensing the first Hydrogen train, participating in the ZEM project (passivhaus habitability base with hydrogen fuel cell to be located at the Spanish Army’s Castilla base in Antarctica), projects in hospitals, etc.

One of the upcoming projects, in collaboration with CISC, will be the opening of the first public Hydrogen Refueling Station at both 350 Bar and 700 Bar, located at one of the Grupo Zoilo Ríos service stations in Zaragoza. Alongside this group, ARPA and Zoilo Rios have established a new company called SHiE, responsible for supplying hydrogen to recharge the new Mirai they will be using. Finally, it is worth noting that at ARPA, it is a reality that small and medium-sized enterprises can take firm steps towards decarbonization.

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Toyota Mirai

The new Mirai, launched in the spring of 2021, takes Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology to new heights and appeals directly to the emotions of its owners, both through its design, which is completely different from the 1st generation, and because it offers a more rewarding and exciting driving experience, all with zero emissions.

Thanks to a extensively redesigned fuel cell system, a very intelligent configuration, and improved aerodynamic efficiency, its range can reach up to 650 km, with no emissions other than water vapor and a recharge time of between 3 and 5 minutes.

Compared to the 1st generation Mirai, the new one has three hydrogen tanks instead of two, which means a 22% increase in capacity (5.6 kg), offering a 30% greater range (650 km according to WLTP). It is 9% more powerful (134 kW / 180 HP DIN) and has a 12% more powerful fuel cell (128 kW), while its lithium-ion battery has a 27% higher energy density (CC 310.8 V).

In addition, it offers 10% lower consumption (0.79 kg/100 km). One of the most surprising features of the 2nd generation Mirai is that it compares the kilometers driven with the purified air for a given number of runners, so that 10,000 km driven equals purifying the air a person breathes for a year.

Let’s Go Beyond 

The Toyota Mirai is the spearhead of the energy shift towards achieving a hydrogen-based society, which Toyota is advocating for. Under its ‘Let’s Go Beyond’ vision, Toyota aims to go beyond zero-emission vehicles, with the goal of achieving a connected, emission-free society based on hydrogen. Toyota’s electrification roadmap, with a focus on a CO2-free society, outlines how the company intends to establish a society where electrified technologies form the foundation of mobility.

On this path towards electrification, Toyota collaborates with all kinds of companies whose goals are also aligned towards a more efficient world. This is the case with the other five partners with whom it shares the Manoteras hydrogen station project.



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