Toyota Motor Corporation have presented the production-ready avatar of its hydrogen Fuel Cell sedan that was first seen in the concept form at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The car is expected to launch in March 2015 in the Japanese market, post which the model will debut in the U.S and the European markets. The asking price for the Fuel Cell sedan has been estimated by the company to be around 7 million yen or 70,000 U.S dollars approximately.
The Japanese automaker has stated that it would start selling the model only in the regions, “where hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is being developed.” More details about the four-door hydrogen Fuel Cell sedan such as the specifications, sales targets, variants and exact prices will be announced in the coming months.
Toyota has been investing in fuel-cell technology for the past 20 years and since 2002, the company has been testing and developing prototypes primarily in North America. Toyota claims that it has reduced the cost of producing a fuel-cell powertrain and has estimated a 95 per cent cost reduction in the powertrain and fuel tanks for the 2015 production model versus the prototype that was shown back in 2002.
Hydrogen is a particularly promising alternative fuel since it can be produced using a wide variety of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power. When compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries and is easier to store and transport. In addition to its potential as a fuel for home and automotive use, hydrogen could be used in a wide range of applications, including large-scale power generation.
According to Toyota, a fully fuelled sedan would be capable of supplying enough power to sustain a household for a week or achieving a 482km driving range and a 0 to 100 kmph sprint in about 10 seconds.