Toyota Australia has revealed its mobile refueller for hydrogen vehicles, joining the trio of Mirai fuel-cell sedans that currently reside in Australia.
Comprising of a Linde high-pressure hydrogen refueller sat on the back of a Hino 700 series prime mover, the mobile hydrogen station will allow the Japanese company to take its three Mirai sedans anywhere in Australia that a conventional car can be driven, despite the country’s lack of refuelling infrastructure.
Bernie O’Connor, Toyota Australia’s fuel-cell project sponsor, said the the mobile refueller will be instrumental in showcasing the benefits of the Mirai and hydrogen fuel technology.
“The decision to invest in a mobile refueller demonstrates Toyota’s commitment to maintaining its leading role in developing flexible and personal mobility solutions for the next 100 years,” he said.
“It is the first high-pressure hydrogen refueller in Australia that can completely fill a fuel-cell vehicle.”
“This is a practical and necessary measure to enable people around Australia to learn about and experience first hand, the game-changing Mirai and its ground-breaking technology,” he added.
2016 Toyota Mirai
Other vehicles that can be serviced by the mobile refueller include fuel-cell-powered forklifts and buses – though these aren’t currently available in Australia.
The Toyota Mirai is the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell sedan, and is currently sold in Japan, the US and Europe where numerous areas are supported by refuelling infrastructure.
With 5kg of compressed hydrogen, the Mirai offers a driving range of around 550km, while emitting nothing more than water vapour.
2016 Toyota Mirai
Above: Toyota Mirai
Refuelling from a commercial site takes between three to five minutes.
Stay tuned for our first review of the Toyota Mirai on Australian public roads.
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