On Back to the Future day in the US, October 21, 2015, the Japanese company unveiled a one-off Toyota Mirai coupe with gull-wing doors.
The unique Mirai was presented overnight at an event that had around 300 Mirai owners, as well as dealers, in attendance. The one-off Mirai features gull-wing doors, like the DeLorean DMC-12 time machine vehicle from the movie franchise, as well as a heads-up display for time travel destinations.
Toyota says that like movie’s DeLorean, the Mirai can run on rubbish. While the movie’s coupe used a Mr Fusion unit that could convert trash, or anything, into nuclear energy, the Mirai’s trashy fuel source takes a longer, more circuitous path.
First, trash is delivered to a landfill, which generates biogases that are collected, and then combined and reacted in a factory with natural gas to produce hydrogen.
The hydrogen is then delivered to a fuelling station, where it’s pumped into the Mirai’s storage tank, and thence combined in the fuel cell with atmospheric oxygen to produce energy, which powers the electric motor, and water that’s emitted out the tailpipe.
According to Toyota, around 2000 people have requested to purchase the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan, even though sales in the US are currently limited to the state of California.