The National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II) is supporting the leasing offer for the second-generation Toyota Mirai.

In order to accelerate the market activation of fuel cell vehicles, leasing offers by KINTO Deutschland GmbH for models of the second-generation Toyota Mirai are to receive funding from the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) as part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II).

The funding guideline is being coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ – Projektträger Jülich). The funding volume amounts to up to approx. 12 million euros.

Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director of NOW GmbH: “KINTO’s decision clearly illustrates that the fuel cell also has a future in mobility applications. With this funding, the Federal Ministry of Transport is continuing its targeted support towards sustainable drive technologies, all of which are essential to facilitate climate-neutral mobility.”

The KINTO brand is the name under which Toyota bundles various mobility products and services in Europe. In this way, the Japanese group seeks to accelerate its transformation into a mobility service provider.

“Through hydrogen technology, we are making an important contribution towards decarbonisation – on the roads as well as in very many other areas of our daily lives. Toyota also provides fuel cell technology for application in ships, railways, forklifts, buses as well as for stationary use as a zero-emission generator,” explains André Schmidt, President of Toyota Deutschland GmbH. “The Mirai is an impressive example of our multi-technology approach. We offer different models and powertrains for different needs – from efficient internal combustion engines to hybrid and plug-in hybrid models as well as electric and fuel cell vehicles.”

Powertrain and specs

The second model generation of the five-seater Mirai is capable of travelling up to a range of 650 kilometres with zero emissions. The hydrogen, now stored in three tanks, is converted into electrical energy in the new fuel cell, which is now even more compact yet also more powerful. It uses this energy to drive a 130 kW/182 hp electric motor (fuel consumption according to WLTP: hydrogen combined 0.89-0.79 kg/100 km; electricity consumption combined 0 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km). The only emissions during the journey are water vapour. The refuelling process, at around five minutes, is also not significantly longer than that of conventionally powered vehicles.

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