Toyota shows off hydrogen-powered car, hopes to hit market in 2015

By Kyle Johnson,

Toyota showed off its hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle (FCV), as it's currently named, on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The FCV is touted to have a 310 mile range before requiring a refill and Toyota noted that hydrogen-powered vehicles are closer to the market than we think, reports USA Today. Senior VP Bob Carter said the FCV is "really going to change our world, sooner rather than later."

Carter said the expected launch is in 2015 and while he did not specify potential cost, he did note Toyota expects the FCV to be fairly affordable quickly. "We estimate a 95% cost reduction for the powertrain and fuel tanks of the vehicle we will launch in 2015."

According to The Associated Press, the price range is likely between $50,000 to $100,000. Toyota though is looking to be on the lower end of that scale.

The car, which can go from zero to 60 in 10 seconds, will quickly be able to find hydrogen stations in California where the state has reportedly approved to put $200 million towards 20 hydrogen fueling stations, with increases coming over the next 10 years. Carter said, "This infrastructure is going to happen."

USA Today notes that the car physically looks similar to Toyota's Corolla and the propulsion system of the car is small enough that it can fit underneath the car's seats.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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