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Over the past 20 years, Toyota has been investing massively in R&D of Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV). And since 2002, it has been testing and tweaking the prototypes in North America. In these 11 years, it has reduced the price of production to over 95% to what it costed in 2002, as claimed. Which seriously is a massive cost reduction.
Toyota showcased their Car of the Future in Consumers Electronic Show (CES) 2014. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle targets 300 miles with a mere 3-5 minute fill-up. The prototype promises zero-to-sixty acceleration of about 10 seconds, with no emissions, other than water vapor. “Hydrogen works beautifully with oxygen to create water and electricity and nothing more,” said Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A.
Toyota has partnered with the University of California Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) to help identify potential locations for new hydrogen fueling stations in California, considering the owners want to reach fueling station in 6 minutes. What the research produced initially is the cluster map that requires only 68 station sites in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, as well as Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, which can handle a fuel cell population of 10,000 according to the conservative estimate.
Toyota plans to launch the FCV in the first quarter of January 2015, starting from California. Already California state has approved a massive sum of bucks for the construction of 20 new hydrogen stations by 2015. It plans to reach 40 by 2016 and to as many as 100 by 2024.
As the fuel prices and environmental effects have been advestly increasing over the decade, its always the right choice to adopt alternate energy resources and hybrid technology. FCV is the second effort of its kind by Toyota after Prius.