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Toyota hasn't forgotten about fuel cells, which is why it's come up with the FCV-R as a kind of belated answer to Honda's brilliant FCX Clarity.
As Toyota sees it, the FCV-R previews what a practical, hydrogen-powered, five-seat family sedan might look like around 2015.
The fuel cell stack powering this concept consists of a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank and the system is set up to give a cruising distance of some 435 miles or more, based on Japan's JC08 test cycle, Toyota says. Measuring 187 inches end to end, the FCV-R is about 10 inches shorter than an Avalon. The name, in case you were wondering, stands for Fuel Cell Vehicle - Reality & Revolution.
Toyota has revealed the exterior design and Japan pricing of its revolutionary hydrogen fuel cell sedan to be launched in Japan by April 2015. Check it out in motion in this video.
Toyota Motor Corporation held a media briefing in Tokyo concerning its fuel cell vehicle development.
:thumbup:Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, recently test drove Toyota's new FCV sedan at a hydrogen station in Kitakyushu, Japan.
In 2015, Toyota will launch its first-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. This will mark a turning point, not only for the automotive industry but for all of us.
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GUjYIaUGmqU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Even the techies at Popular Science like the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). The magazine named the sedan to a 2014 Best of What’s New winner in the auto category.
“For 27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what's possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − each a revolution in its field.”
The Toyota FCV: Technology at a Glance
What is it? The FCV is an all-electric, four-door sedan that makes its own electricity on board. It utilizes the same hybrid technology developed for Toyota’s hybrid synergy drive systems but replaces the gasoline engine with a fuel cell stack.
How does it work? The FCV features hydrogen fuel tanks (the hydrogen is a compressed gas, similar to a natural gas vehicle), an electric motor, a fuel cell stack, a small battery and a power control unit. The hydrogen gas is fed into the fuel cell stack where it is combined with oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen move through the fuel cell stack and create a chemical reaction, producing electricity to power the vehicle.
What’s the benefit? It takes less than five minutes to refuel. It has a range of 300 miles. And the only emission from the tailpipe is water vapor.
What’s next? The Toyota FCV hits the streets of California in late 2015. Hydrogen refueling stations are popping up across the state and Toyota continues to partner with industry and government to support the continued growth of infrastructure in California and beyond.
Akio Toyoda has seen the future, and it’s called “Mirai”. That’s the name of Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle, which the company’s president announced in a video released the day before the car’s official launch.
Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda talks about the all-new hydrogen-powered fuel cell sedan, Mirai - which means "future" in Japanese - and the importance of eco-cars in a world with limited resources.
New Toyota MiraiToyota will launch the all-new "Mirai" hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on December 15.
When it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015, the Mirai will carry a base MSRP of $57,500, but Toyota says it could qualify for combined state and federal incentives of up to $13,000, in which case, the purchase price would potentially drop to $45,000.
Alternatively, Toyota will offer a $499 per month/36 month lease option, with $3649 due at lease signing.
The Mirai will be available to customers in California beginning in fall of 2015 with additional markets from the country's Northeast region, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, to be gradually added as Toyota expands its hydrogen-refueling infrastructure.
Power comes from a 153hp electric motor that draws juice from a fuel cell stack that combines hydrogen gas from two tanks with oxygen to produce electricity, with the car's only by-product being water vapor.
Toyota quotes a 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint time of 9.0 seconds, a passing time of 3 seconds from 25-40mph (40-65km/h), and a driving range of around 300 miles (483 km) on a single fill-up.
The Government will help with that.the price is killing it
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BpdN0gSR2No?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda talks about his goals for the trailblazing Toyota Mirai, an all-new hydrogen-powered fuel cell sedan.
Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda talks about the challenges Toyota faced in developing the Mirai, an all-new hydrogen-powered fuel cell sedan.
Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda talks about the company's mission to prove that the Mirai, an all-new hydrogen-powered fuel cell sedan, can offer the convenience and performance of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.
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Get the hell out of Shittsburgh, PA then.As much as I want to, at the current rate, there won't be a Hydrogen Fueling station in Pennsyltuckey for a few more centuries.