Toyota North America confirmed Thursday that the second-generation model of its Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell automotive is arriving at some California sellers later this 12 months. To assist assist the mannequin, which shall be made in a lot greater numbers than its predecessor, Toyota introduced a partnership with Iwatani Company that may enhance the variety of retail, publicly obtainable hydrogen fueling stations by almost 25 p.c in Southern California. 

That enhance could sound like an enormous dedication as a proportion, however on the bottom it quantities to simply seven stations. Every of them could have two dispensers and be able to shelling out a complete of as much as 900 kilograms of hydrogen per day. That can enhance the hydrogen shelling out capability of the Southern California area by 6,300 kilograms per day.

BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo hydrogen fuel cell concept

BMW 5-Sequence Gran Turismo hydrogen gasoline cell idea

To assist put that into context, it takes greater than 5 kilograms to fill the present model of the Mirai. That’s greater than 1,200 car fills per day or as much as 8,400 fills per week—or sufficient to make room for hundreds extra fuel-cell autos in that regional ecosystem. 

These are potential numbers if every little thing goes completely. Final 12 months an explosion at a San Francisco Bay Space manufacturing facility resulted in a hydrogen supply shortage for the region that lasted months. Regionally, there merely wasn’t sufficient to go round, forcing drivers of some fuel-cell fashions to park their vehicles and drive leases till the gasoline provide reliably returned. 

2021 Toyota Mirai concept

2021 Toyota Mirai idea

The 2021 Toyota Mirai is a totally completely different type of automotive than its predecessor, which match along with the present Prius household from a design standpoint. The brand new model is for much longer and is constructed on a rear-wheel-drive platform that offers it proportions a lot nearer to these of a sport sedan.

The vary of the upcoming Mirai is anticipated to move 400 miles, whereas the present mannequin has an EPA score of 312 miles. 

BMW i Hydrogen Next concept

BMW i Hydrogen Subsequent idea

Toyota’s next-generation fuel-cell stack is because of be shared with BMW for its i Hydrogen Next fuel-cell vehicle due in 2022; with a lot greater quantity deliberate for the gasoline cell and car. 

In California, the variety of stations could once more be the limiting issue. In keeping with the U.S. Various Fuels Information Middle, there are 43 obtainable, publicly accessible hydrogen stations in California. Repeatedly, over a span of a few many years, targets for expanding the infrastructure have been proven to be overly optimistic and seemingly unachievable. In the meantime, DC fast-charging infrastructure for road-trip-compatible EVs has expanded at a fast tempo. 

True Zero hydrogen fueling pump, run by First Element Fuels, opened in Thousand Oaks, CA, Mar 2018

True Zero hydrogen fueling pump, run by First Aspect Fuels, opened in Thousand Oaks, CA, Mar 2018

Building of the primary hydrogen stations, in cooperation with Nel Hydrogen, will begin in early 2021, with the primary turning into obtainable by mid-year. 

Iwatani claims to be “Japan’s solely absolutely built-in provider of hydrogen,” and the addition will deliver its complete variety of world hydrogen fueling stations to 64.