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Toyota looks to introduce Mirai in India

Auto News - Published on Wed, 25 Jul 2018

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Times of India reported that Toyota will study the introduction of the Mirai fuel-cell car in India, while homegrown Tata Motors and Korean Hyundai could be other manufacturers that may bet on zero-emission technology, following the GST Council’s decision to slash duty on hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Fuel-cell vehicles, still in their infancy across the world due to lack of fuel stations and expensive technology, are seen to hold an edge over electric vehicles as they not only deliver substantially higher running range but also faster fuelling.

It may take around five minutes to tank up a fuel-cell car with hydrogen. Compare this to electric cars that need to be charged for a few hours to achieve full range.

And the range of a fuel-cell vehicle - which emits only water vapour - is strong. For example, Hyundai’s Nexo - which the company had recently showcased to PM Mr Narendra Modi - has a range of nearly 600km after single re-fuelling. Electric cars can run around 150km after a single charge.

Toyota Kiroskar Motors deputy MD Mr N Raja told TOI, “It is encouraging to see the government considering technology-agnostic solutions when it comes to controlling vehicular emissions. Looking at fuelcell technology, it will definitely be considered now. However, cars such as the Mirai may still be unviable as importing them after paying steep duties will make them very expensive.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 25 Jul 2018
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