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Toyota preps second hydrogen Mirai for 2020, immense skepticism prevails

Toyota has updated the world on the next generation of its hydrogen-powered Mirai passenger car. Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said that the car will launch in 2020, speaking at a Japanese ministerial meeting concerning hydrogen in Tokyo. Unfortunately for Toyota, huge skepticism remains regarding the viability of hydrogen vehicles, and the increasing capabilities of EVs are only fueling that fire. When the first-gen Mirai was unveiled at the 2014 LA Auto Show, EVs were a bit naff. They didn’t have good enough ranges, and were noticeably less polished than their ICE counterparts. The Mirai was effectively just another pleasant Toyota sedan, but one that promised to only emit water, thanks to the hydrogen fuel-cell. Of course, at the time, the idea…

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