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Cow Manure Powers 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell in New Video

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/23/2015 Kelly Pleskot

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image Hydrogen can be manufactured from a variety of renewable sources, including solar and wind. But as Toyota shows us in a new video, we can also take hydrogen from cow manure as a new way to power fuel-cell cars.

"Fueled by Bullsh*t," a short film directed by Morgan Spurlock of "Super Size Me fame," takes us through the journey from the farm to the factory. An engineer shows the process in which manure is broken down and releases bio-gas, and how hydrogen is eventually stripped out so it can power the Mirai. The video is the first episode in a series by Toyota called "Fueled by Everything," where the automaker aims to educate viewers about an energy source many people know little about.

Fuel-cell vehicles are slowly starting to take off. Although the Toyota Mirai is not yet for sale, Hyundai has put a fuel cell version of its Tucson crossover on the market in California. Honda has also created a new fuel cell concept as a follow-up to its FCX fuel-cell car. Amid the fuel cell fever, the episode addresses some smack-talk about hydrogen-powered vehicles in general, specifically about how critics have called it "bullsh*t." We assume they're referring to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who candidly asserted that hydrogen cars are "so bullshit" during a conference in Germany a few years ago.

The 2016 Toyota Mirai goes on sale in California later this year and boasts a range of up to 300 miles. It is particularly efficient, eating 30-percent less energy than the Prius v hybrid wagon from which it gets its platform. Prices start at $57,500, but after the all possible government incentives are applied Toyota says the price is more accessible at under $45,000. Data from the U.S. Department of Energy says there are only 13 public hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S. at this time.

Source: Toyota

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