The small high-tech Toyota toy came through a similarly scaled model of an English village.
Toyota has removed the covers from a 1:10 scale remote-controlled model of its Mirai sedan — and like its big brother, it is actually powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
Built by tech company Bramble Energy and Japanese model manufacturer Tamiya, the vehicle is supported by a chassis on the shelf. However, the body and driveline of clip-on plastic are completely tailored.
Dual electric motors send approx. 0.02 kW (20 watts) for all four wheels and two circa-12 ml interchangeable hydrogen tanks allow a maximum driving speed of about 14 km (based on claims that the car can run “twice as far” as its normal battery-powered equivalent).
A spokesman for Toyota — which has been slow to switch to battery-powered cars in recent years, instead investing heavily in fuel cell technology and its basic gasoline-electric hybrid systems — said: “Cars are the tip of the iceberg for Toyota in progress toward a hydrogen community.
“Hydrogen will play a key role in meeting our future energy needs and bring zero-emission driving for both large cities and small villages. It allows us to store renewable energy and transport it easily so that it can be used as needed to run a variety of industries.
“In Toyota partnerships across Europe, you will increasingly see experiments with fuel cell powered buses, trains, boats and, who knows, maybe even home … We took on this challenge to have fun and show what can be done with fuel cells and we think the results are great! ”
The full-size Toyota Mirai is powered by a single electric motor that sends 134kW / 300Nm to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. This makes it possible to complete the 0-100 km / h sprint in 9.2 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 175 km / h.
Three hydrogen tanks (capable of storing 5.6 kg together) keep the 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery constantly charged, allowing a range of 647 km on the US EPA test cycle. Earlier this month, an example drove 1360km without refueling using ‘hypermiling’ driving techniques.
In Australia, only 20 examples of sedans are currently registered for the road, which have been leased to select companies for approximately $ 63,000 over three years.