Toyota’s fuel cell car “will be fun to drive”

Toyota has announced its hydrogen fuel cell car will be named the ‘Mirai’ when it goes on sale in 2015.

Speaking at a special ceremony in Japan, a day before the car’s official launch, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda revealed the car’s name, which means ‘future’ in Japanese.

Previously it’s been known only as the FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle).

The Mirai will be able to travel up to 300 miles on one tank of hydrogen, produces no tailpipe emissions and can be filled up in around three minutes.

But going green won’t take the fun out of driving, insists Toyoda.

He said: “This is a car that lets you have it all with no compromises.

“As a test driver, I knew this new fuel cell vehicle had to be truly fun to drive – and believe me, it is. It has a low centre of gravity, which gives it very dynamic handling.”

Toyota says the Mirai has survived “millions of miles” of testing – from the test track to public roads in all weather conditions – and now it’s ready to hit the market.

The company revealed at this year’s Paris Motor Show that the Mirai will go on sale in European markets, including the UK, in 2015.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, and don’t expect a surge of combustion-engined part-exchanges at Toyota dealers, as the UK has yet to build the infrastructure to support hydrogen-powered cars.

When Toyota introduced its Prius hybrid car in 1997, many people questioned whether it would ever sell in the UK – but more than three million have now been sold worldwide.