Mirai, Toyota's "ultimate environmental vehicle"

Added On July 8, 2018

Toyota's Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.
Since its launch in 2014, it has been dubbed the "ultimate environmental vehicle" as it emits nothing but only water vapor.
During a media tour organized by Toyota, CNC reporters got a chance to visit the factory that manufactures Mirai.
The full-hand assembly line in Motomachi, Aichi Prefecture was established in 1959. It is one of Toyota's oldest factories.
According to an official from the Motomachi LFA factory, Toyota only produces 3,000 Mirai vehicles each year, all of which are assembled manually.
A total of 50 employees are responsible for the assembly of the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Nine of them are directly responsible for the first-line assembly work, while others are responsible for the preparation of related parts.
It takes about 100 minutes for each Mirai to be assembled.
At the moment, the high price and lack of hydrogenation stations are the main obstacles in promoting the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
So far, there are only 100 hydrogen fueling stations in Japan.
From 2020, Toyota plans to increase the production of Mirai to more than 30,000 vehicles per year, of which more than 10,000 will be for the Japanese market. 
Others are expected to be sold to the U.S. and Europe.