Toyota Mirai travels a record distance with a single fill using professional hypermiles and easy maintenance.
Electric cars continue to spread. These vehicles, which are essentially battery powered, are the starting point for an ecological balance. But the switch from fossil fuel to renewable energy takes time. That’s why companies are creating a transition period with hybrid vehicles.
One of these companies, Toyotas hydrogen powered Mirai, is a partner in the race with fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The vehicle traveled 1,360 miles in Southern California. It reached the Guinness World Record for the longest distance a fuel cell vehicle traveled without refueling.
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The record attempt took place on August 23. They started driving with professional hypermiler Wayne Gerdes and his copilot Bob Winger at the wheel. This record ride lasted two days. The fuel tank was filled in five minutes. the 2021 Mirai’s tank was sealed under the supervision of: Guinness World Record Officials Before Departure Toyota Technical Center in California and no additional fuel was provided.
Mirai went to San Ysidro and then to Santa Barbara. Then it continued along the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Monica and Malibu before returning to Gardena. The team returned with 760 kilometers recorded by GPS. Guinness officials later confirmed that the FCEV’s tank seal had not been opened and began the process of approving the record attempt.
Officials stated that the vehicle that set the record had not been modified. Toyota attributes the performance of the range to a combination of good maintenance, finely tuned tire pressure and hypermiling driving techniques. “In 2016, the Mirai was the first fuel cell electric vehicle to be retailed in North America and is now setting next-generation vehicle mileage records,” said Bob Carter, vice president of Toyota Engine North America. “We are proud to be the leader of this exciting technology, just one of the growing zero-emission vehicles in our portfolio.”