India’s first hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai gets registered in Kerala
Recently, Kerala became the first state to allow hydrogen-powered vehicles to get registered. It was The Toyota Mirai that Kerala registered with its RTO. The vehicle is finished in a nice shade of Flame Red. There are also other colours in which the Mirai is sold. Kerala’s MVD recently showcased the new vehicle at an event.
The Mirai is registered to Toyota Kirloskar at Thiruvananthapuram’s RTO. It could only be used for research purposes for the time being. The registration number provided to Mirai is KL 1 CU 7610. RTO did not take any tax and the registration was done online. So far, only the registration fee has been collected from the manufacturer.
Some of the previous reports claim that the Mirai is worth Rs. 1.1 Crores. Having said that the government has offered tax exemption on one condition. The government said that the Mirai could only be used for research purposes. The research is being done for the network of hydrogen fuel stations that will be needed to run hydrogen-powered vehicles.
The previous reports also suggest that there are plans keep the Mirai at Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering. This college is known for automobile engineering courses in the state of Thiruvananthapuram. KSRTC or Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has plans to switch to buses that run on green fuel. The state has already announced that they have plans of running 10 hydrogen-powered buses and 50 electric buses. Moreover, they are also planning to convert their existing diesel buses to electric. Delhi on the other hand has already started using electric buses for public transport.
Mirai can be used to study hydrogen-powered vehicles because the Indian government is trying to run heavy vehicles on hydrogen power. The plans to bring Mirai to India were postponed because of the slow growth of creating the infrastructure for hydrogen refilling.
Not the first Mirai in India
Toyota Mirai is already part of a pilot project. It is with International Centre for Automotive Technology or ICAT. The main focus of the project is to spread awareness of alternative fuels. The main aim of the project has not been revealed by the government but the project does consist of spreading awareness regarding hydrogen being used as a fuel and Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). If the pilot project is successful, we might be able to see heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks that will be able to run on hydrogen.
All the Mirais that have been brought to India are of second generation. There are very few hydrogen powered vehicles. The hydrogen is compressed and then used to generate electricity. The powertrain works by breaking down hydrogen into oxygen and water to generate electricity. There is small battery that can store the electric charge and can use it to power the electric motors. The vehicle has a very commendable driving range of 646 km. Having said that, the issue with hydrogen vehicle is finding hydrogen is very difficult. It is very sparse.
Recently, Kerala became the first state to allow hydrogen-powered vehicles to get registered. It was The Toyota Mirai that Kerala registered with its RTO. The vehicle is finished in a nice shade of Flame Red. There are also other colours in which the Mirai is sold. Kerala’s MVD recently showcased the new vehicle at an…
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