Being environmentally-friendly has risen to the top of the checklist when somebody is buying a car. Carbon emissions given off by the common petroleum run car has been increasingly worrisome for many. Toyota has a solution. They built a concept for a hydrogen fuel cell car. A hydrogen fuel cell is a cleaner source of power for cars.
Unlike other “green” cars like Tesla’s electric cars and Toyota’s Prius hybrid cars, the Toyota Mirai uses diatomic hydrogen and diatomic oxygen gases. This makes the car’s emission, clean water (H2O) rather than carbon monoxide (CO2). But, the Toyota Mirai isn’t the perfect car. There are disadvantages to hydrogen fuel cell cars, too. First of all, hydrogen can be dangerous to handle and simple accidents could become more tragic. Also, hydrogen refilling stations are rare around the world with Japan and California being the only two places with viable amounts of stations. Also with a $57,500 price tag, the Toyota Mirai isn’t the cheapest car around. To put that in comparison, you could buy a BMW convertible or even a Corvette car.
Overall, hydrogen fuel cells are going to be just as common in the future as petroleum cars are now. Toyota isn’t the only company building hydrogen fuel cell cars either though. Ford has their Focus FCV and Honda has their FCX Clarity. The idea isn’t new either NASA used it in their Apollo Moon project. At the price, the cars are right now, the cars are a viable solution for those who want to keep the Earth free of carbon emissions.