Toyota's hydrogen-powered car experiment-Dream or Reality?

Wednesday 15 January 2014, 11:54 AM by

Toyota's experiment with fuel alternatives has moved a step ahead. First it was the Hybrid car named 'Prius' and now it’s the all new hydrogen - powered electric car named 'FCV'. Senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., Bob Carter, mentioned that an approximate cut of 95 percent in production costs from the initial prototype shall help Toyota make fuel cell cars that are "a reasonable price for a lot of people." A request has also been put-in to increase the number of sales in the US market.

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As per sources, it is said that the car is capable of refueling its tank in just three to five minutes. The hydrogen-powered car is capable of clocking a decent 86 kilometer per hour. Performance figures would not be impressive but reliability factors are definitely commendable, as the car can travel up to 480 kilometers on just a single charge. The Toyota FCV shall be unveiled at the International CES, the technology industry's annual gadget show in Las Vegas. It is anticipated that the Japanese automaker will sell cars in California to begin with.

Sources have cited that California has approved 200 million dollars for building fuel stations across the state. It is said that the funds shall be used to build 20 fueling stations by 2015, 40 by 2016 and 100 by 2024. Bob Carter has assured that the infrastructure is going to happen. He also mentioned that, all the cars from California can be served with just 15 percent of the existing 10000 gas stations in the state. Researchers have set-up an estimate as to where the FCV buyers would need a station. As planned, they intend on putting up a station within six minutes from work or their home.

The design for the car is also unique in its own way. The looks are stunning and it matches-up to the current lot of sports sedan. Moreover, officials from the Toyota Motor Corp has declared the price value of the car to between 50000 dollars to 100000 dollars making it affordable as a lower segment vehicle.

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