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It feels like it was just yesterday that we highlighted the confirmation of the Toyota Mirai’s official name. Now you’re looking at the Toyota FCV concept‘s final form with the company pulling back the covers on the revolutionary hydrogen fuel cell car.

The Toyota Mirai – ‘future’ in Japanese – is, on the surface of it, a conventional four-door sedan with a rather unique method of propulsion. Powered by hydrogen, the Mirai emits only water vapour, uses no gasoline, “re-fuels” in roughly five minutes and possesses an active range of up to 483 kilometres.

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Where it differs from your regular hybrid is the fact that instead of relying on obsolete batteries to power the electric motor, the Toyota Mirai fuses hydrogen and oxygen to produce the required voltage. This, in turn, provides the juice for the electric motor.

The Mirai’s fuel cell stack is located under the driver and front passenger seats and boasts one of the world’s leading power figures of 3.1 kW/L for a powertrain of this nature. Because you care, a total output of 153 hp is quoted, with a 0-100 km/h time of 9.0 seconds and a 40-60 km/h acceleration time of 3.0 seconds.

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Another additional USP of the Toyota Mirai is the option of having the car equipped with a power take off (PTO) device that, in essence, turns the whole car into a massive power generator that is capable of providing electricity to an average-sized house for a week in an emergency.

In terms of refuelling infrastructure, – at least for North America – a proposed total of 48 hydrogen stations in California are targeted to be operational by 2016 with Air Liquide and Toyota set to construct 12 more in five states. The Toyota Mirai goes on sale in the USA for $57,500 (RM192,567.50) next year.