Sunday, December 21, 2014

Is Toyota’s hydrogen-cell Mirai the car of the future?

Is the Toyota Mirai the future of transportation in a climate-challenged world?

Reasons why it might be: Its fuel-cell power system is more efficient than gas combustion engines, goes from 0 to 60 mph in only 9 seconds, gets 400-430 miles between fill-ups, all while producing no harmful tailpipe emissions,

The Problem: Someone must figure out out to build enough hydrogen fueling stations to overcome potential owners' concerns about running on empty.

Haans Griemel, Asia Editor for Automotive News, calls it a "chicken and egg problem."

"People want to buy the car only if there is infrastructure, but there won't be infrastructure unless people are buying the cars."

Presently there is not a single hydrogen refueling station in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania or Delaware.

Fueling stations* for other alternative fuel vehicles are more numerous but still inadequate.

Electric Fueling Stations
New York - 411
Pennsylvania - 186
New Jersey- 109
Delaware - 12

Compressed Natural Gas
New York - 39
Pennsylvania - 25
New Jersey - 8
Delaware - 1

*Data supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy - Alternative Ffuels Data Center

Related environmental news stories:
First Drive Of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Sedan   
Toyota's futuristic, freaky fuel-cell car

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