From its design, it looks like the best there is. The Toyota Company has come up with its hydrogen fuel cell sedan whose concept was first displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. The all new Toyota FCV sedan will have its Japan launch show take place in the first half of next year though.
Meanwhile, the launch ceremonies in the United States and the European Market will occur in the sweltering summer season of 2015. As for its cost price, the astronomical tag says it all. Seven million yen is not a small amount.
In the beginning the car will be introduced to regions where hydrogen fuel re-loading structures are available. The price of the car in the US and Europe has not been fixed yet. But the Japanese price tag is roughly around $70,000.
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Toyota states that it is committed to manufacture environment-friendly vehicles based on three basic principles:
- embracing diverse energy sources;
- developing efficient, low-emission vehicles;
- and driving real and positive environmental change by popularizing these vehicles.
As an eco-friendly car, it is tops. But the only sticking point seems to be the danger of hazards that may arise from any accidental explosion. Hydrogen is the most potent and inflammable fuel on the face of the planet.
Nevertheless, hydrogen as a source of cheap fuel shows a lot of promise for the future. With peak oil coming up the hunt for alternative resources has begun for better or for worse.
From solar to wind to geothermal and hydroelectric, all the various means of creating precious energy have to be explored if humanity’s progeny is to live a better life or even a sustainable existence on earth.
Toyota has been engaged in developing fuel cell vehicles since the past two decades. Toyota said that its "fuel cell system includes a proprietary FC Stack, which generates electricity from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, and high-pressure hydrogen tanks."
Toyota has started leasing its first fuel cell SUV “Toyota FCHV” in 2002, on a limited basis in Japan and the U.S. Since 2002, Toyota has made significant improvements to the FC system.
Thus while it is still a relatively new field, it is likely to progress and enter the mainstream in the future.
Toyota's 2015 fuel cell sedan "features performance similar to a gasoline engine vehicle, with a cruising range2 of approximately 700 km," according to Toyota measurements taken under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle. And it will be refueled in just 3 minutes.
The electric energy that will drive the sedan will come from a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen that are exploded in the fuel chamber of the engine via a spark.
And the beauty of it all is that water vapor is all that will come out of the exhaust pipe. Could you ask for more as far as environmental responsibility is concerned?