Thursday, January 9, 2014

Toyota Fuel Cell Hydrogen Car Concept Debuts at CES

The so-called “Car of the Future,” as Toyota bills it, is expected to hit the U.S. market next year in California, where most of the very few public hydrogen fueling stations are currently located.
While both Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7267) and Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) have long been committed to the technology, which draws power from a chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen to power an electric motor, the timeline seems ambitious considering the challenges.
Toyota Motor Sales Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter debuts the Toyota Fuel Cell Concept at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 6, 2014
Two vehicles shared the stage at the Toyota press conference: The FCV concept, showing what the four-door mid-size sedan will look like in Radiant Blue; and the camouflage-taped engineering prototype used for extensive and extreme on-road testing in North America for more than a year. The prototype has consistently delivered a driving range of about 300 miles, zero-to-sixty acceleration of about 10 seconds, with no emissions, other than water vapor. Refueling of its hydrogen tanks takes three to five minutes.
Toyota unveiled a prototype last year at the Tokyo auto show, but on Monday offered more details for its plans for the US market.
Honda is also expected to roll out a fuel-cell car in the US market in 2015, and other automakers are working on the technology, which emits only water vapor as exhaust.
Honda already has a fuel-cell car, the FCX Clarity, available on a small scale in a limited number of markets.
Toyota Motor Sales vice president Bob Carter said :
"This infrastructure thing is going to happen,".
"I believe this vehicle will be the car of the future."
While both Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7267) and Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) have long been committed to the technology, which draws power from a chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen to power an electric motor, the timeline seems ambitious considering the challenges.