What the Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell FCV is:
Toyota provided a teaser of an upcoming (as of yet unnamed) hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at the International CES. Toyota says that the vehicle, which should be coming to market in 2015, will be reasonably priced and within the reach of the average consumer. The car should go 300 miles between fillups with a 0-60 time of around 10 seconds and a top speed of about 100 mph. When it comes time to refuel, the process should take only 3 to 5 minutes. Once the refueling infrastructure is in place the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle should behave almost exactly like a normal car.
Why the Toyota FCV Hydrogen Fuel Cell is important:
There are sustainable ways to make hydrogen, and the only emission from a hydrogen fuel cell is water. Toyota says that the ‘stack’ has a 100 kW total output, enough to power a house for a week. They have seen a 95% decrease in cost in powertrain and fuel tank components since 2002. While many consumers think of hydrogen cars as science projects Toyota points out that the Prius was also labelled the same way. In fact, because of the fuel cell car’s level of performance, refinement, and cost reductions Toyota has asked for more volume than originally requested.
What Autobytel thinks about the Toyota FCV Hydrogen Fuel Cell:
We think that hydrogen fuel cells will be one of the technologies powering cars in the future if the infrastructure gets built. Toyota is quick to point out that its not about the number of refueling stations, but their location, but at the moment there are only 9 or 10 hydrogen refueling stations in California, all clustered together fairly closely. The state of California has budgeted $200 million to build more hydrogen refueling stations. If other states follow and hydrogen becomes commonly available the Toyota should become a popular choice by integrating new technology into a fairly normal looking vehicle, much like they did with the Prius.