AAH #328 – Toyota’s Fuel Cell Is Right Here

April 15th, 2016 at 10:29am

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SPECIAL GUEST: Jackie Birdsall, Senior Engineer, Toyota Mirai

UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle
- The flag drops for orders of the Ford GT
- VW Executives are lighter in the wallet
- GM and Ford Campuses of the future
- Ford tests its autonomous car at night

All that and much more with hosts John McElroy of Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production with guest panelist, Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

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3 Comments to “AAH #328 – Toyota’s Fuel Cell Is Right Here”

  1. Stephen Says:

    The big issue is how we generate hydrogen. There are lots of stories of green power splitting seawater but as far as I am aware, all H is made in energy intensive chem plants. Any reason why interstate trucks would not be a more suitable test – it has the space for larger tanks. Anyone know whether H can got as far as gas ie if the mirai were to be powered by gas would it go further?

  2. Stephen Says:

    Note the Model X nose needs space for a license plate in Europe at least. I presume Elon wants to sell this cheaper car in Europe where smaller cars sell better and it does not face the same competition from the germans in europe. Selling a good quantity there would boost the volume of batteries from the new battery plant.

  3. Stephen Says:

    Where do all the cars VW buys back go? They are designed for the US. Mexico could be a good place to buy a cheap VW TDI and then reimport.