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In Japan, launched the sale of the world's first production car with a hydrogen engine
Sales of the Mirai ("Future") sedan, the world's first production car with a hydrogen engine from Toyota Motor Corp., kicked off in Japan today.
The advantage of hydrogen machines is that the electric power for the engine is produced by combining hydrogen from the tank with atmospheric oxygen. No harmful substances are released into the atmosphere, and the only product of the Mirai engine is water. The hydrogen fuel tank is enough for 650 km of track, and a full refueling takes about three minutes. The cost of the new Mirai sedan in Japan is 60,7 thousand dollars.
By the end of next year, Toyota is investing more than $ 160 billion in the production of hydrogen engines. Until the end of 2015, the Japanese auto concern planned to release 700 of similar cars, 400 of which will go to the domestic market, 100 - to the countries of Western Europe and 200 - to the USA.
By 2030, it is planned that every tenth sold in Japan car will be with a hydrogen engine, which will bring the Japanese economy an additional about 36,9 billion dollars.
While there is no necessary infrastructure for the distribution of machines with hydrogen engines. However, next year the number of specialized gas stations will grow by more than three times. At the moment, there are about 30 filling stations in Japan, which are concentrated in large cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya.
Honda Motor Co., another major Japanese automaker, also plans to begin selling similar products to Mirai next year. Nissan Motor Co will present a similar model in three years.