Hydrogen's first steps
Why I am dismissive of the electric revolution.
For those of you who weren't already aware, the year is 2020. This means that next year will be 2021, and this also means the release of the new Toyota Mirai, a car which regrardless of its excellence or shoddiness, will probably immediately become an icon for the future. And this isn't even the first hydrogen development in the car industry. But I feel this is probably a quite highly anticipated one. And the reason for this I believe is that not only are its stats very impressive, but its design is a very promising one, and it has quite quickly rallied the attention of the media. So already it's taken off.
Now with this car comes a lot of questions.......like for a start, why? Why are Toyota releasing a car that with due respect is far too ahead of its time, and as a result will only be available for ownership by a rather small minority as things stand. Well, I have managed to muster the willpower to track down a possible answer, not even using extensive research and multiple cups of tea, but by taking a peek back to 2012, when Tesla decided to introduce us to the Model S.
Now I guarantee you are not following with that little theory, but listen up. This explains my reasoning for mentioning the year being 2020 back at the start. Because even today the world remains widely under equipped for the running and maintainenceof electric car, and so imagine eight years ago when the Model S was released. And yet look where they are today. I think we are seeing a fairly similar repeat here with the birth of hydrogen. So my thinking is that Toyota releasing the Mirai is as such, a first step, into the world of hydrogen. To be honest I think Toyota never intended on heavily investing themselves into the EV market anyway, which is why they have gone full on with hybrids until like me, people start to expand into hydrogen aswell. And I reckon they're right in doing so because as far as my studies in science class have shown the hydrogen path seems a more beneficial one, despite like electricity, is yet to have a fully non-emission method of production. Take a look at the Mirai for example.
'The Mirai's stats are bound to make the car one of great anticipation'
One of electricity's greatest doubts is the 'refuelling', or more fittingly charging time, but momentous work has gone into bringing the length of time required down as time has gone by. This progress is natural and was very much expected. But much easier and quicker progress has been made with elec's greatest current rival, and already fefuelling the Mirai is promised to be no more than a brief five minutes. And that's not the only pro among the cons.
This short space of time provides the Mirai driver with an abundance of range too. 400 miles of it in fact. Which as many of us are already aware, is much better than that of the average electric car (the global EV average is yet to surpass even 200 miles). Although in fairness hydrogen cars have less of a model range to make up a lower average.
Now another area of attraction to this car which already gives great hope to this age of car development is its superb design. The Mirai is a slim, sleek and stylish coupé that understandably is gonna become a fairly desirable asset if/when this hydrogen era gets into its stride. It gives good hope that this whole thing might suggest that the likes of Toyota may go from this before hydrogen:
To this with hydrogen:
Now obviously there will be many of you as always, will question my evaluations and judgement. But that is perfectly justifiable when we are messing around in what remains uncharted territory. And so I will end on my one concern, there may be a bit of a sub-conscious schism within the car community:
My intriguing vocabulary ladies and gentlemen
And this could lead us into a whole new world of fake news and doubt for the future of cars, so don't do that people. Don't let the environmentalists tear us apart!
Anyway, with that said, I will say toodle pip, happy in the knowledge that I get sit and place my bet, before watching this all play out. Who will persist, electricity or hydrogen?
Thank you for reading as always, you are very honourable people. Good day.