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Here are some interesting things from Kuching, especially Sarawak’s capital Borneo Mobility Service Center. It looks like a Lexus at first glance, but this black saloon is actually the Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle that’s gotten a sleeker and more dynamic look for its second generation.

Launching in Japan in late 2020, today’s Mirai sits on the GA-L full-size RWD version of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, as used by the Lexus LS and LC. If you remember its awkward-looking predecessor, you won’t be surprised that this new one is longer (+85mm) and wider (+70mm), but lower (-65mm). 2,920 mm, wheelbase is 140 mm longer.

The Mirai uses three tanks to store the hydrogen fuel used to power its electric motor, and this results in a range of 850 km, or 30% more than the original Mirai with two tanks. 1,360 km per record mass. Despite the extra tank, the repackaging of the fuel cell layout allowed additional seating in the second row, making the car a five-seater. A beautiful luxury – see pictures below.

However, Mirai can be an emergency power source in emergency and disaster situations, providing power through two different power supply routes. The first is by connecting the vehicle’s external power supply outlet to a dedicated external DC electric power supply system. Operating in this guise, it can deliver a maximum of 9 kW DC.

The AC path supplies power (100 volts, 1,500 watts) to the device through two accessory outlets. This emergency power supply system is capable of powering a typical household (in Japan) for about four days at an average consumption rate of 400 Wh, Toyota says.

Another innovation is the “minus emissions” premise, where an air purifier system takes in air and cleans it (down to PM2.5 particulate levels) for use in the fuel cell stack before sending the purified air back into the atmosphere.

So, what is Mirai doing here? Is UMW Toyota Motor looking to launch a hydrogen FCEV? Anything is possible, but we wouldn’t bet on it happening anytime soon. It is no coincidence that a hydrogen-powered car has been spotted in Sarawak, as the state is a pioneer in the country (and even the region) in championing hydrogen vehicles.

In Kuching you’ll find a multi-fuel Petros-branded station offering regular petrol and diesel as well as water-based hydrogen refueling and electric charging for regular EVs. Darul Hana station is built, owned and operated by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and several others are in progress.

The state of Borneo has plans to begin large-scale commercial production and export of hydrogen by 2027, and there is also news of a hydrogen FCEV assembly center in Kuching. State electric utility company Sarawak Energy runs two units of the Hyundai Nexo FCEV, and Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg personally owns one of the hydrogen-powered SUVs, by way of example.

So, is the Toyota Mirai a new addition to the state fleet, or is it Abang Jo’s new personal ride? Has Toyota announced a hydrogen FCEV plant in Sarawak yet? We will see.

Gallery: Toyota Mirai, Japanese market



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