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Toyota chooses KYB for hydrogen Mirai


The new, redesigned Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEV), is using KYB shock absorbers as original equipment.

The first-generation Mirai was launched in 2014. FCEVs run on hydrogen and offer long cruise ranges (up to 502km for the Mirai) and short refuelling time with zero emissions. Toyota began fuel cell development in Japan in the early 1990s and has developed a series of fuel cell vehicles, subjecting them to more than 1,600,000 km of road testing.

It has high-mounted multi-link suspension at the front and low mounted multi-link suspension at the rear and also has high stiffness at the front and rear to counter lateral acceleration in corners. The vehicle is equipped with new

KYB shock absorbers at the front and rear.

Despite the high cost of hydrogen vehicles, Toyota had sales of over 10,000 of the original Mirai and they aim
to increase that to 30,000 for the new model. Toyota has reduced the cost of the fuel cell system by 95%, compared to its predecessor, by making its components smaller, lighter, more efficient, and cheaper to produce in volume.

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