The Toyota Mirai is Literally Fueled by Bull Crap
Fuel cell vehicles offer tremendous efficiency gains and have been the talk of future motoring for years. But they aren’t without their detractors. Many cite a lack of critical infrastructure and refueling systems as a hamper to widespread adoption, while others simply call the mass viability of the fuel cell vehicle a pipe dream. Toyota has apparently had enough with people calling fuel cell vehicles a dead end, or in some cases ‘bullsh*t,” so the company has powered its new Mirai FCV on, well... literal bull crap. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock got behind the camera to document the process. Take a look. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 Toyota Mirai FCV
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Toyota engineer Scott Blanchet met up with a California dairy farmer, and was given access to a heaping pile of his fresh cow manure. He hauled it away in a new Toyota Tundra – note to owners, it’s poo-hauling approved – and fed the raw material into a digester. Biogas was then produced, purified, stripped of its hydrogen in a steam methane reformer, and – voila – the hydrogen was eventually ready to be loaded into the Mirai fuel cell vehicle.
And it worked. Within the Mirai’s fuel cell powertrain, oxygen and hydrogen are introduced, which produces electricity to drive the car’s electric motor and emits a simple byproduct of water. Toyota estimates the four-door Mirai, which goes on sale in California later in 2015, can eke out 300 miles of driving range per tank. Not bad for poo-power.
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