Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell automobile, the 2016 Mirai, made its East Coast debut today at the DC Auto Show where a senior executive required government and market stakeholders to assist kick start the hydrogen infrastructure had to make fuel cell zero emission cars available to more drivers.
“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles launched between 2015 and 2020 will require a concerted effort and collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia and energy providers,” said Nihar Patel, Toyota’s Vice President of North American Business Strategy.
2016 Toyota Mirai range
The all brand-new 2016 Mirai has a range of up to 300 miles, takes about 5 minutes to refuel and discharges only water vapor. It will go on sale in the US later this year. We are calling on the brand-new Congress to renew the tax rewards for hydrogen companies that construct refueling stations and for consumers who wish to buy fuel cell cars.
Patel likewise kept in mind that with the expiration of the federal fuel cell credit in 2013 buyers of no emission plug-in electrical cars get a $7,500 tax credit while purchasers of absolutely no emission fuel cell electric vehicles receive no credit whatsoever.
“Consumers and the investment community need a clear signal that government is not choosing winners or losers in the zero emission vehicle race. These vehicles should be treated equally to allow the market to decide,” he said.
Patel cited Toyota’s recent choice to launch nearly 5,700 global patents, royalty totally free, to competitors as ways to assist move from a hydrocarbon to a hydrogen- based society.
“Hopefully, by sharing our patents with other vehicle and parts manufacturers, components and systems can be refined and improved to increase performance, reduce cost and attract a much broader mainstream market of buyers.”
2016 Mirai for sale enhanced production
Toyota announced today that because of demand, it will certainly enhance international production ability of the 2016 Mirai to more than 5,700 by the end of 2017.
While the majority of refueling stations are currently located in California, Patel said the business is partnering with Air Liquide – among the world’s most knowledgeable hydrogen suppliers to develop and supply a phased network of 12 state-of-the-art hydrogen stations in 5 states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
These places and states have been strategically selected to support the greater New York and Boston locations along with supply the foundation of a hydrogen freeway for the Northeast corridor. Patel stated the company planned to talk with Maryland’s new governor and the brand-new mayor of Washington about the hydrogen facilities in the mid-Atlantic area.
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