Are you happy with giving up waiting for a better day right? Finally, we are on the roads of west sussex. It stops raining, it’s still grey, but i’m, not worried about that, and the first thing i want to say about my new car. This is unusual. It has no smell, it has no smell whatsoever, not new car smell, not old car smell, not leather, not plastic, not manufacturing juices, in the same way that sometimes your bed has no temperature you’re, not conscious of being either hot or cold. This car has no smell. It’S also incredibly quiet as you’d expect of a hydrogen electric car. You can hear a bit of tyre noise, but not as much as you got in the old car, it’s lovely it’s. What car makers have striven for for many many decades rolls royce, for example, making a silent car? The answer was put an electric motor in it drive it with a fuel cell. The ride is slightly firmer than it was in the old mirror. The mirai actually had quite an old fashioned feel to it. It was slightly floaty, slightly rolly in the bends. This one is more composed, slightly firmer, but still sophisticated, so it’s a nice ride, i’m, enjoying it i’m enjoying my new car immensely. Finally, i did 40 miles an hour just now: 40. i’m amazed, we didn’t suffocate Applause compared with the old car. I have a much more comprehensive display or set of displays.
Well, the big screen here, which has the sat nav and some other stuff and g jaws i’ll, show you those a bit later on, plus i have the display in the middle, which shows obviously speed and so on how much hydrogen i’ve got. I can toggle through things like my eco score, which has gone down to 77 very poor out of 100. I can look at my history. I can look at energy use and so on. I can have some of that up on there at least all sorts of stuff. The car has an air purification system. It cleans the air before it goes into the fuel cell system and if i put up the air purification screen here and expand it, you will see that i am collecting joggers. You see. The joggers i’ve got two joggers today, i’ve earned 10 previously they’re, not really there they’re figurative joggers. But what it’s telling me is how many times i’ve cleaned enough air for one person to breathe for a day. The car is actually making the environment better as it drives along. If i drive along behind a stinky old diesel bus or something like that, i’m, actually improving that car’s emissions it’s a service to the community, and you can thank me later why people get so worked up about having analog dials in cars is beyond me because, with This electronic display – i can just i – can change it. You can have so much stuff on it, it’s the equivalent of having 20 or 30 instruments in an old cast much better and it glows in lovely colors, and i just love it.
Look at all that look at all that stuff and – and i have a head up display in the windscreen there currently showing me direction my speed. What the speed limit is here. I can also have stuff about the lane following system up. If i want it and if i program something in the nav, the directions come up on the screen just before it’s time to do something like turn left beautiful indicator. Noise really nice, like my grandmother’s clock, that used to sit on the mantelpiece of her fireplace we’re gon na get another jogger in a minute, it’s fantastic. When one pops up i’ve got one man and one woman. So far i reckon i’ll get another woman. Next it’s probably best not to be distracted by that sort of thing and what caused the accident exactly? Mr mate, i was just waiting for my jogger to appear in a moment i’m going to do what we always used to do in car review films on the television and stop at a convenient place by the side of the road and walk around the stationary car. Telling you things about it here we go. The mirai is now a bigger car, it’s, also rear wheel drive. The fuel tank is bigger up from five kilograms to 5.6 kilograms, which is, i think, a 12 increase most interestingly it’s, not actually that interesting, but it’s interesting. If you’re, a fuel cell bore like i am, the fuel cell stack, which is now here under the bonnet, where an engine would normally be, is lighter, more compact, smaller and yet more powerful up by around 30 bhp in normal car terms and the membranes that make Up the fuel cell stack now take three seconds each to make they used to take 15 minutes each to make, and for that reason and various other reasons, this car, the top of the range one – obviously costs 65 000 pounds, but the old mirai, the single spec.
No options: first generation, mirai cost 66 000 pounds. So i hope other car manufacturers are taking note of this. The car improves in every way imaginable and the price comes down like comment subscribe there you go that saved it Music. I want to say it again. I probably have said it already, but i do like the ride in this car. I think it’s it’s tremendous it’s, very important to me ride ride quality, just a slight nuggetiness there absolutely smashing. This is a very, very civilized, very agreeable car. I said exactly that about the old one. This is even better and even though it’s got murder wheels on it at 20, inches which i was worried would spoil everything. No, i was wrong. The ride is still good. Lucy brown is in the passenger seat. Do you think the ride is good? I think it’s lovely, it is lovely isn’t it right here’s, something that i hadn’t had on a car before i’m, going to put it in sport mode. So i wouldn’t do this normally because it’s very profligate waste hydrogen i’m. Now going to press the asc button and we will get an artificial noise, so is that an engine noise it’s making? I don’t know that it is it’s more of a more of a spaceship sort of noise. Yes, i’ve done that i’m. Now, turning it off forever, because the whole point of an electric car is that it’s quiet but i’m, taking it out of sport mode because it’s as my mother would say unnecessary.
The big question is the one that i’m sure lots of you are asking right. Now. Is hydrogen safe? Yes, it is, you see the hydrogen fuel cell car works perfectly it’s worked perfectly since the 90s, when i first drove one a vauxhall, the only problem. I know i keep going on about this, but the problem is the infrastructure, which is not really something toyota or honda or hyundai, can control there aren’t enough hydrogen filling stations. Yet, to make this a viable only car, it would be in germany, it would be in japan in britain at the moment there are only three hydrogen fuel stations open. There are only 10 anyway, but a lot of them are closed because of covid spare parts stuck in the suis canal. I don’t know the one nearest to my house is at cobham in south london on the m25, which is sort of where i’m heading now, with 182 miles of range, left that’s plenty it’s about 60 miles away from here, 60 or 70 miles. But you do have to think about it, but apart from that, this is simply a very lovely car and it has to be said, the previous mirai that i had that felt like you were taking part in a beta r d experiment. It did have that feel about it. This is simply a nice car, it’s it’s, a nice car at a nice car price, it’s, simply lovely. I just can’t fill it up with hydrogen.
So, if you’re watching this and you’re from the government get on with it Laughter i’ve got a new car and i like it, i like it a lot. It might be because i’m getting older. Thank you to all of those who’ve pointed that out, but the mirai feels a bit like moving on it’s, not just a nice car it’s, also somehow enlightened, and we are living in very exciting times that i feel privileged to be a part of it’s. Like the poet larkin said, bonds and gestures pushed to one side like an outdated, combine, harvester everything we held dear, is up for scrutiny is up for change. You know things that we burn things that we use, how we get around our attitudes to one another. Our attitudes to sex to race, to religion, all those things it’s fascinating and me, and my new car are a very small part of that me and my mirai i’m, actually quite proud of that. I realize on drive tribe, that there is a hard core of petrol head enthusiasts, who cling to the idea of the internal combustion engine and the noise of a v8 and a manual gear shift and no abs and so on and so on and so on. But we do have to think about the future of the car, and this, as you will see, is a beautiful scene and it wasn’t here a minute ago. All this grew because i drove past in the mirai.