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Toyota showing off their greenest technologies at EVS29

Published on June 30 2016

Montreal hosted the most important international electric vehicle symposium and exhibition in the world.

The event gravitates around clean driving technologies and gathers global leaders in the field to address the electrification of fleets. For the occasion, Toyota presented three of their own environmentally friendly vehicles, including an electric three-wheel personal mobility pod and a fuel cell Californian exclusivity.

The Toyota Mirai may look  like an alien and feel like a unicorn to the Canadian audience: it is currently sold only on the Californian market. The State’s ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) program determined that for a manufacturer to be able to sell in California they have to offer at least one clean energy model which is why you will see many unusual models on the roads in California. This is where the Mirai intervened; despite already offering the best hybrid vehicle on the market, Toyota went all in with their fuel cell vehicle. The hydrogen-powered sedan was brought to Canada for the AJAC members to try during the latest edition of the EcoRun, where it performed admirably well, displaying an overall average fuel economy of 2.7L/100km, even better than the announced fuel economy of 3.7L/100km. The Mirai then headed to the Montreal Palais des Congrès to be put on display at the EVS29. The advantage of a fuel cell vehicle is that it offers a much more flexible range than electricity (about 480km), filling the tank only takes seconds and the end product of the combustion of the hydrogen is water! And cleaner energy doesn’t mean stingy performances: the Mirai is rated at 151 hp and no less than 247 lb-ft of torque. 

Alongside this rare sight is a curious-look three-wheeled vehicle. Its name: the i-Road. Neither a motorcycle or a car, the i-Road is actually a little bit of both with three wheels that allow it to bend in the corners like a motorcycle would, but with a cockpit, a steering wheel and pedals like you normally find in a car. The i-Road is meant to take personal and urban mobility to whole new level. It is fully electric, can reach a maximum speed of 60km/h and has a 50 kilometer range, making it the ideal city vehicle to travel to and from work.

Finally, last but not least to share the stage is the all-new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in. This new generation of the plug-in hybrid receives an updated design of its own as well as a new 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The new Prius Prime offers an average fuel economy of 1.96L/100km, for a 965 km range, 35 of which can be travelled in full electric mode.

The new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime will also be available at Kingston Toyota Scion later in the year. Are you ready for the best plug-in hybrid and most fuel efficient models out there?

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