Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota, Lexus, Hino and Toyota Material Handling Equipment and leader in sustainable mobility in the UAE, has extended its support in the UAE’s efforts to decrease emissions and its global environmental footprint at the Government Accelerators event, held on May 10th at the Emirates Towers.
The hydrogen-powered zero-emission Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell vehicle was displayed at the event, indicating Al-Futtaim Motors’ intentions to introduce efficient greener transport solutions, while aiding the government in more sustainable mobility, additionally, the vehicle has been test driven by H.E. Eng. Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE’s Minister of Energy.
Yousuf Al Raeesi, Director of Government Affairs & Health, Safety, Security and Environment at Al-Futtaim Motors, said: “We believe being part of this event is vital to educate the public on the future of green motoring, particularly in light of the clean air initiatives that the UAE government is implementing as part of its UAE Vision 2021 plan. As the leader in sustainable mobility in the UAE, Toyota has pioneered hybrid technology over 20 years ago and have sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles globally. Most recently Toyota launched Mirai, the first zero-emission Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) which we are displaying here today, and which has seen interest from different government sectors across the UAE, given the zero impact this technology has on the driver and the environment.
“We believe that the Fuel Cell Vehicle technology, when rolled out on a large scale, will be the most suitable environmental solution, offering zero emissions, driving range similar to traditional petrol vehicles (around 500km), and most importantly a hydrogen fuelling time of 3 to 5 minutes, very similar to traditional petrol engine fuelling, which means no change in the driver’s behavior.”aims to adopt more sustainable energy sources, including renewable energy, as well as reducing carbon emissions that are harmful to the environment.”
Unlike battery-powered electric vehicles, the four-door mid-size electric sedan with performance that fully competes with traditional internal combustion engines, Toyota Mirai, is not recharged by plugging it into an electricity grid, but creates electricity using hydrogen, enabling the car to run up to 500km+.