The Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), like all vehicles powered by the most common chemical in the universe
a bit of a curveball in what we expect from the future of driving.
While gas-powered vehicles dominate the here and now, electric cars are expected to grow in market share and eventually become the dominant means of urban transportation
While FCEVs offer the best of both worlds, plus quick refueling and a much smaller carbon footprint
refueling infrastructure has not materialized.
Toyota and other automakers including Hyundai aren't about to give up, so here we have the stylish 2021 Toyota Mirai
a vehicle with improved range, slightly more power, almost 50/50 weight distribution, and now rear-wheel drive
Toyota hopes all these updates will lead to a 10-fold increase in global sales of the car
also promises it will be 20 percent cheaper than the 2020 model, which starts at $59,545, though Toyota hasn't announced specific numbers yet.
The 2021 Mirai is built on the Toyota GA-L platform. It is 2.6 inches lower and 2.8 inches wider than the current Mirai, giving it a sleeker and sportier stance
Under the long hood is a more compact set of fuel cells. Fuel cell bottles are located under the cabin and under the trunk.
The bigger change is the switch from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, although this decision was based more on the space available for all of the vehicle's drivetrain components than on increasing the exhilarating ride.
Hydrogen fueling stations are out there, but they are mostly concentrated in California and parts of New England, limiting the areas where the Mirai
But that infrastructure will have to catch up if Toyota wants to see a massive increase in sales among American buyers.