At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Toyota not only had its FCV concept on display, but brought along a prototype fuel-cell vehicle that has been delivering a driving range of 300 miles.
According to the Japanese automaker, its prototype engineering vehicle has been used for extensive and extreme on-road testing in North America for over a year. It has consistently delivered a 300-mile driving range while sporting a 0-60 acceleration time of about 10 seconds. Best of all, the fuel-cell vehicle emits no emissions other than water vapor. As for refueling its hydrogen tanks, Toyota claims it takes three to five minutes.
Toyota hopes to launch its FCV in 2015, initially in the state of California.
“Hydrogen works beautifully with oxygen to create water and electricity and nothing more,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales. “For years, the use of hydrogen gas to power an electric vehicle has been seen by many smart people as a foolish quest. Yes, there are significant challenges. 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.”
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