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Toyota 'Mirai' is the Best Selling Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle in the World
Toyota City, Japan, November 18, 2014―Toyota Motor Corporation will launch its all-new "Mirai"1 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in Japan on December 15. The vehicle will be sold through "Toyota"2 and "Toyopet"2 dealers.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
The Mirai signals the start of a new age of vehicles. Using hydrogen―an important future energy source―as fuel to generate electricity, the Mirai achieves superior environmental performance with the convenience and driving pleasure expected of any car.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
The Mirai uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, and includes Toyota's new proprietary FC Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The TFCS is more energy efficient than internal combustion engines and emits no CO2 or substances of concern (SOCs) when driven. Drivers can also expect the same level of convenience as offered by gasoline engine vehicles, with a generous cruising range and a hydrogen refueling time of about three minutes3.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
The Mirai delivers everything expected of a next-generation car: an immediately recognizable design; driving exhilaration stemming from superior handling stability achieved by a low center of gravity; and quiet but powerful acceleration provided by the electric motor. The Mirai also features an exclusive telematics service for a safe, secure and comfortable ride, and the vehicle can double as a high-capacity external power supply system during power outages, disasters and other emergencies.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
Hydrogen can be generated using a wide range of natural resources and man-made byproducts such as sewage sludge. It can also be created from water using natural renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. When compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries, and is relatively easy to store and transport, therefore it also carries expectations for potential future use in power generation and a wide range of other applications. FCVs are able to generate their own electricity from hydrogen, meaning they can help make a future hydrogen-based society a reality, and are therefore expected to further contribute to accelerating energy diversification.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
Start of sales: December 15, 2014
Sales channels: "Toyota" and "Toyopet" dealerships
Sales target: Approximately 400 units in Japan by the end of 2015
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 7,236,000 yen (Includes consumption tax; does not include recycling fees; differs in Hokkaido and Okinawa)
Conor McGregor's prediction: At four minutes of the first round Jose Aldo will be KO’ed
Conor McGregor has been consistent about making predictions for his bouts during his rise to contender for the UFC featherweight championship. Most famously, McGregor predicted he would stop Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao in the first round (he delivered on both) and that he would knock out Dennis Siver in under two minutes (it took until 1:54 of Round 2).
While McGregor (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has not been hesitant to make predictions that he’ll knock out Jose Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in their highly anticipated UFC 189 main event, he got into specifics during an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“I always make accurate predictions,” McGregor said. “I have predicted many contests. I have my entire career. I predict the future. For me, I have already predicted this contest. At four minutes of the first round he will be KO’ed. I feel that the power matched with the precision, he will not be able to take it. Four minutes he will be done.”
UFC 189 takes place July 11 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following preliminary bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The ESPN hosts seemed tranfixed by McGregor’s confidence. When they asked how it was possible for McGregor to be so confident heading into the bout, his answer was simple.
“I’m in a business where you must be confident,” McGregor said. “If you have any doubts they will come back and play against you. So I am supremely confident as well as I am confident in my work ethic. My approach to the game, my non-stop effort to get better as a martial artist. I don’t feel that anyone else in the game is doing what I’m doing and moving the way I am moving.
“It just comes from years and years of practice on the mat. I have had many fights inside the octagon, outside the octagon, in rings, on mats. I am an experienced veteran in the fight game. Through that and through a believe team and my ability I have just gained a bulletproof confidence that I cannot be stopped.”