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An energy expert’s love-hate affair with Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell Mirai
Toyota has had two hugely transformational technology plays in its history: just in time manufacturing, and the hybrid Prius. Now it is shooting for a third with fuel cells.
Interestingly, the same government institutions that helped drive the commercialization of hybrid and battery electric cars (the California Air Resource Board and Japan’s Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry) are also supporting the roll out of hydrogen vehicles despite the fact that there are huge gaps in the environmental, economic and infrastructure case for hydrogen. Why?
Perhaps they believe in the long-term vision. But the reasons I would continue to invest in hydrogen can be boiled down to one word: optionality. Addressing global warming will require a broad portfolio of clean energy technologies and in the long run we’re not sure which ones will work best. Continuing to invest some risky money in hydrogen fuel cells actually makes a lot of sense. There may be a big payoff down the line.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a booster of Toyota and the Mirai. But rather than pooh-poohing Tesla on his recent trip to Silicon Valley, he decided to take a ride in a Tesla P85D with Elon Musk – who called him a “good sport” afterward. Perhaps Elon, and all of us, could take a lesson in the benefits of technological promiscuity from the Japanese prime minister.
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Toyota to debut hydrogen-powered pace car
“Having a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle pace the Toyota Owners 400 is a historic moment for both Toyota and NASCAR and we’re proud it’s the Toyota Mirai,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Bringing the Mirai to Richmond to pace this important race is another way for Toyota to showcase our innovation and environmental leadership.”