The Japanese automaker is confident its country will host the 2020 Olympics as a hydrogen-enhanced nation but it’s also looking to infuse the eco-style to other as well.
And what better prospects present than the world’s largest auto market – China – who is also, not by coincidence, the biggest in terms of electrified models as well. The eco-friendly Toyota Mirai has been doing ambassador work for the fuel cell technology, reaching far and remote places such as the cold Scandinavia or the heated Australia. It is now reaching China and will be demonstrating its prowess, and included in the “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” project will be the build of a hydrogen station. The Japanese company will promote the Mirai in China between 2017 and 2020.
Exactly, Toyota will do research into vehicle performance within the country, the quality of China’s hydrogen, as well as a variety of quality and durability evaluations. So far there are five hydrogen stations in China, in the metropolitan regions of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The Japanese company’s own hydrogen station will be placed at the so-called TMEC, the brand’s Chinese research and development unit, in Changshu. Toyota is apparently doing well with the low-volume Mirai – approximately 3,000 units have been delivered since December 2014 – in Japan, the United States and Europe, where hydrogen infrastructure is well situated and expanding.