Who is faster – electric Tesla Model S 100D or hydrogen Toyota Mirai?December 27, 2019
James May, who is the former host of the legendary Top Gear car transmission, decided to test the Tesla Model S electric sedan in the powerful 100D, as well as the Toyota Mirai hydrogen-hybrid fuel cell crossover. In the format of his video, he compares these machines to each other.
James May, the fearless car journalist and co-host of The Grand Tour, gave DriveTribe subscribers a Christmas present – an overview of his two cars, the Tesla Model S 100D and Toyota Mirai. “Hi viewers,” May says at the opening of the video. “Here are two electric cars. One of them is the future! ”
Yes, yes, Mr. May owns both cars, and throughout the video, he evaluates them in relation to each other, weighing their pros and cons before arguing with himself about which car will be better – completely electric or hydrogen.
May points to the high performance of the machine from Tesla thanks to a pair of electric motors, a large touch interface and the absence of tactile buttons. The Japanese Mirai crossover is much more traditional, with a dashboard extended to the rear of the windshield base. Toyota’s car lacks power – 152 horsepower compared to more than 400 power in an electric sedan. But he also compares driving a Toyota Mirai with a ride on a Bentley Continental GT.
The host also compares the process of refueling / recharging electric vehicles. A Tesla car is cheaper in this regard than a Toyota candidate, but the latter can be refueled much faster. Mirai works much like a traditional gasoline car with gas stations, a nozzle and about two minutes that are required to completely fill its fuel tank.
The review ends with a discussion of which car is better. Hydrogen is expensive to manufacture, it can flow out of tanks, and there is no infrastructure for its widespread use. For the production of electric vehicles, precious rare earth metals are needed. One thing is 100% clear – electric cars are our future, in which both cars with batteries and models with fuel cells can exist in parallel.
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