Toyota Mirai 2021 establishes the title Guinness World Records for the longest distance traveled by a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. The car reached 845 miles (just under 1,360 kilometers), an unprecedented range, no other car has ever achieved it on a single full refueling of hydrogen. A real record.
Bob Carter, executive vice president of Toyota Motor North America, says, “In 2016 the Toyota Mirai was the first production fuel cell electric car available for retail in North America, and now the next generation is establishing the record for the distance traveled with a single refueling. We are proud to be the leaders of this exciting technology ”.
The official record attempt was closely monitored by Guinness World Records, the car had to abide by strict documentation rules and procedures. During the trip focused on efficiency (which took place on 23 and 24 August 2021), Toyota Mirai recorded an impressive efficiency of 152 MPGe, with water as the only emission. The judge validated the Mirai’s tank with a seal both at the beginning and at the end of the trip.
The two-day trip began on Monday, August 23, 2021 at the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Gardena, California, home to Toyota’s fuel cell development group. The car drove south to San Ysidro, and then north to Santa Barbara through Santa Monica and Malibu Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway. Returning to the TTC that evening, Toyota Mirai logged 473 miles (approximately 761 km).
The next day the two drivers crossed another 372 miles of morning and afternoon traffic on the San Diego freeway between Los Angeles and Orange County. until the Mirai ran out of hydrogen, for a total of 845 miles driven. Empric said: “As a Guinness World Records judge for 10 years, I have had the opportunity to witness incredible endeavors, including several distance-related feats; the trip of the Toyota Mirai without the need to refuel showcases the power of electric fuel cell technology. A historic moment “.
At the end of the journey, the car consumed a total of 5.65 kg of hydrogen and passed a total of 12 hydrogen stations along the driving routes without refueling. It emitted zero grams of CO2 and Toyota estimates that, with a standard internal combustion engine vehicle, total emissions for the same trip would have been around 301 kilograms.