Are Hydrogen Cell Vehicles Safe?
Some shoppers are understandably concerned about the safety of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, but a bit of research reveals that after extensive development and testing, hydrogen cell vehicles are just about as safe as traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. And when you look at the Toyota Mirai MPG ratings, it’s clear they leave a much smaller carbon footprint as well.
How Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Work
The development of hydrogen fuel is an extensive process, and even when it gets into your car there’s still a ways to go before it develops power. Essentially, this is the process of how the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain works:
- Hydrogen gas is taken from a pressurized tank
- Hydrogen reacts with a catalyst, which take electrons from the hydrogen
- These electrons are channelled into the electric motor and back into the fuel cell
- Leftover electrons fuse with oxygen, which exits the car as water
Safety of Hydrogen Cell Vehicles
While some people may worry about the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle safety, the fact is that scientists have developed huge improvements for hydrogen fuel technology over the years. In fact, there’s significantly more energy and explosive potential in a gasoline fuel tank than in a hydrogen cell fuel tank. Also, there are various sensors that are taken on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to manage possible leaks, including:
- Seal valves
- Seal fuel lines
Toyota Mirai MPG
The Toyota Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that starts at $57,500 MSRP*. It’s incredibly efficient and can be driven a long time between fill ups. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- 312 miles between fills**
- 67 mpg city and highway**
- 151 hp
- Various fuel stations
There are a limited number of Toyota Mirai vehicles available right now, though, and it requires an interview process before purchase.
Safety First with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
There’s no need to worry about the safety of you and your passengers in a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles, but if you have any questions about this innovative technology, feel free to make your way to Toyota of Santa Monica. We’re located at 801 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA, and you can reach us at (424) 238-1869.
*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $865 for Cars, $940 for Small/Medium Trucks (Sienna, RAV4 Gas, RAV4 Hybrid, Highlander Gas, Highlander Hybrid, 4Runner and Tacoma), $1,095 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,195 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.
**2017 EPA-estimated 67 city/67 highway/67 combined MPGe for Mirai and 312-mile driving range. Actual mileage will vary. Range measurement pursuant to SAE J2601 standards (ambient temperature: 20°C; hydrogen tank pressure when fueled: 70 MPa). Fueling time varies with hydrogen fueling pressure and ambient temperature.