At CES this year Toyota will be unveiling the first ever Hydrogen powered vehicle by a major auto manufacturer.
At the opening of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest trade show in Las Vegas, Senior Vice President Automotive Operations, Bob Carter, shared the stage with Toyota’s latest concept fuel cell electric vehicle, the FCV.
“We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel; just everything necessary to make them turn,” said Carter. In extensive testing and extreme on-road testing in North America for more than a year, the FCV prototype 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 taking three to five minutes
Carter admitted there are significant challenges facing hydrogen powered vehicles. “The first is building the vehicle at a reasonable price for many people. The second is doing what we can to help kick-start the construction of convenient hydrogen refueling infrastructure. We’re doing a good job with both and we will launch in 2015.”