Brussels, Belgium,

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco opens the Grand Prix of Monaco in a Toyota Mirai

On Sunday May 29, Prince Albert II of Monaco, accompanied by his wife Princess Charlène, completed the lap of honour at the Monaco Grand Prix in the Toyota Mirai, the first Toyota fuel cell car introduced in Europe.

The Mirai, which means “Future” in Japanese, is the result of more than 20 years of research by the different teams in Toyota and offers drivers the car for the next 100 years. Mirai embodies Toyota’s ambition to move towards a zero emission mobility and to reduce 90% of the average CO2 emission of its vehicles by 2050 (compared to 2010).

The fuel cell Toyota Mirai offers many advantages when considering daily use and environmental performance:
• Mirai produces no tailpipe emissions other than water
• Like an electric or hybrid car, Mirai offers a quiet driving experience, without any noise
• Mirai achieves the same level of convenience and autonomy as gasoline engine vehicles, with a cruising range of 500 km and a hydrogen refuelling time of about three to five minutes to refuel the 2 hydrogen tanks.

By choosing the Toyota Mirai for the lap of honour, Prince Albert II of Monaco reiterates his intention to make the Principality of Monaco a pioneer in the field of sustainable mobility. The use of hydrogen means a turning point in terms of new mobility solutions and protection of the environment.

Toyota is honoured that Prince Albert II of Monaco opened this year’s 2016 Monaco Grand Prix in the Toyota Mirai, the world’s first fuel cell sedan.

Notes to the editors:
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