Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Promises 300 Emission-Free Miles

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • RWS RWS on Jan 07, 2014

    But the environmental wackos will claim that water vapor is a "green-house" gas....

  • JeffUren JeffUren on Jan 07, 2014

    It takes a lot of electricity to make hydrogen. The economics of making, distributing and selling hydrogen is habitually ignored buy Toyota as they hope taxpayer will be fooled into paying for those hydrogen stations to be installed. And then have taxpayers pay to subsidized hydrogen production and sales. Ask Toyota" How many dollars is a kilogram of hydrogen and how fare will that take me?