Toyota reveals mobile hydrogen refueller, joins Mirai trio in Australia

Toyota reveals mobile hydrogen refueller, joins Mirai trio in Australia

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.

2016 Toyota Mirai

“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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