25.6.2014Toyota reveals look for Fuel Cell Sedan
The final exterior designs for Toyota's Fuel Cell Sedan have been unveiled, in anticipation of its 2015 release.
In April, Next Green Car reported that Toyota were on track to put a viable and sustainable production Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) on the market. The Japanese car manufacturer has now finalised their designs for the hydrogen-powered vehicle and also given an indication to its pricing.
The car will go on sale in Japan initially, no later than April 2015 Toyota say, and prices will be around the 7 million Yen mark which equates to approximately Â£40,450. Prices have yet to be discussed for Europe and North America but Toyota plan to make their first pure fuel cell vehicle available during the 2015 summer period.
Hydrogen, as an alternative fuel source, has great potential. It can be sourced from a wide variety of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power. What's more, when compressed it has a larger energy density than battery. This allows it to provide an equal driving range to that of petrol and diesel cars, whilst emitting zero greenhouse gases that damage the environment.
Karl Schlicht, Executive Vice President Toyota Motor Europe, commented: "We are very excited by the arrival of fuel cell technology. Of course there are many challenges ahead, such as the availability of fuelling infrastructure and customer awareness. But our history with hybrid gives us all the experience we need to bring a new technology to the market."
"In Europe we will be taking it step by step, gradually introducing the car in selected markets. But we are confident that hydrogen will become increasingly popular as a way of powering vehicles."