The Toyota Mirai will be showcased at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Sydney next month.
Unveiled for the first time last year, the Mirai is already on sale in Japan and will soon launch in North America and Europe.
Australia will be one of the first countries outside these regions to experience the Mirai – the company’s first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
While in Australia, government representatives and other key stakeholders in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne will get the chance to experience the vehicle, while the public will also be able to get up close with the futuristic model.
Toyota Australia president Dave Buttner says the company is excited to showcase the technology Down Under, but insists the relevant infrastructure is required before the Mirai can be considered for our market.
“Toyota pioneered the mass production of hybrid technology and we truly believe fuel cell vehicles will play a key role in Toyota’s global future,” Buttner said.
“It’s clear that Australians are searching for more eco-friendly options. Fuel cell vehicles emit only water and can offer the same convenience of petrol-powered cars. However, before we can introduce these vehicles to Australia we need to have relevant infrastructure such as refuelling stations, which will take time.
“That is why we need to work with industry and government to discuss the refuelling infrastructure required in Australia to support fuel cell vehicles.”
The Toyota Mirai teams a 113kW/335Nm electric motor with a hydrogen fuel cell system and a nickel metal hydride battery pack. Toyota says the fuel cell system is more efficient than an internal combustion engine, allowing for a cruising range of 550 kilometres (based to European tests). Refuelling the hydrogen tank takes approximately three minutes.
The Mirai is a large car, measuring 4.89m long, 1.82m wide and 1.54m tall, and weighing in at 1850kg.
Sales started in Japan late last year for 7.24 million yen ($87,300).
The Mirai will appear at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney that runs from October 11-14.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen hydrogen-powered vehicles in Australia.
In 2011, a fleet of Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell vehicles covered more than 5300km travelling from Sydney to Perth to demonstrate the technology.
Earlier this year, Hyundai Australia introduced the first hydrogen-powered vehicle to be permanently based here, the ix35 Fuel Cell.