Hydrogen fuel car from Toyota may be “perfect,” according to acclaimed physicistJanuary 12, 2015
Michio Kaku believes that the Toyota Mirai is the “perfect car”
Doctor Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, attended this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, to speak on behalf of the Toyota Mirai. The Mirai is Toyota’s first attempt to commercialize a fuel cell vehicle. The automaker has been promoting this vehicle for some time, suggesting that it could be a step toward a future that is powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Kaku believes that the Mirai may be the “perfect car.”
Toyota aims to sell the Mirai for $57,000, which will be lower thanks to tax credits
The Mirai is expected to be sold in California later this year for $57,000. The cost of the vehicle will be reduced through tax credits that the California government is offering to those purchasing the fuel cell vehicle. The Mirai uses a hydrogen fuel cell to produce the electrical power it needs to operate and Toyota suggests that the vehicle can travel 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen fuel.
Mirai may adhere to four standards in the clean transportation space
Kaku suggests that the Mirai may be perfect because it adheres to four standards that exist in the clean transportation space. First, the Mirai derives energy from the most plentiful element in the known universe: Hydrogen. The vehicle also has very few moving parts, which means that it will require less maintenance. The Mirai also emits no harmful gases into the environment, with the only byproduct of its hydrogen fuel cell being water and oxygen. Kaku also suggests that the Mirai is consumer friendly, especially in terms of cost.
Lacking hydrogen fuel infrastructure may be a problem for fuel cell vehicles
While the Mirai may be an impressive example of where the auto industry is heading into the future, whether or not fuel cell vehicles will actually be successful is still uncertain. These vehicles currently lack the fuel infrastructure they need to become well accepted among consumers. Automakers that are developing fuel cell vehicles have begun to invest in the establishment of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure, but relatively few fuel stations are likely to be available by the time fuel cell vehicles are officially launched.
So far FCVs are dependent on reformed NG. And they do lack a hydrogen infrastructure to make them competitive with regular cars. I must confess I cannot understand Toyota’s almost lonely dive head-on into such a void. It would make more sense to me if there were a parallel multi-governmental effort to create the missing hydrogen infrastructures, as well as the means of making non-NG hydrogen. I cannot see them happening. Can anyone else?
We are working on what you are talking about on hodinfo.com The following is from the website…
HODINFO is a collaborative think tank. We are an International group comprised of inventors, scientist, mechanics, tinkerers, and out of the box thinkers. Our mission is to find innovative solutions to the problems that primarily limit the production and delivery of H2. As the world wakes up to the idea of using hydrogen it also becomes clear that immense infrastructure initiatives will be required to make it happen. We believe that just like 3rd world nations leap frogged cumbersome land line phone technology and built cell systems, so can it be with hydrogen technology. That leap will be to hydrogen-on-demand. If adequate solutions are found to support HOD systems then the world can remove great and costly limitations on future applications. It is important to realize that the future is not just Hydrogen, it’s Hydrogen-on-Demand.