Toyota chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada, has reaffirmed that the Japanese automaker will bring a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to the U.S. by 2015.
Toyota’s first fuel cell electric vehicle will largely be based on the FCV-R concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The production vehicle will be available in the U.S. in 2015 with a starting price of around $50,000. Toyota is moving forward with the vehicle and sticking to the promised release date “in order not to waste the investments that the infrastructure companies will make,” Uchiyamada said.
Currently there are 10 public hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S., but fuel companies plan to build dozens more pumps within the next couple of years. Uchiyamada believes that fuel cell electric vehicles will make more sense in the long run than battery electric vehicles thanks to quick refueling times and longer range between refueling. Other automakers aren’t as optimistic about the technology, with Tesla CEO going so far as to saying that fuel cell should be renamed “fool cells.”
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[Source: Automotive News]
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