Hydrogen fuel cells have been long in talks as a source of clean and stable source of power for a lot of technology out in the world. They can power anything from wrist watches to entire cities. If they can do that, they can also power our cars. Toyota has been working on this technology for a long time and has been showcasing hydrogen fuel cell technologies for the past ten years. It seems to be ready to now to bring these cars into production by the year 2015.
A Fuel Cell Vehicle seems to have been in the works, and has apparently been finalized to be sold in California, where the country has aspirations of opening over a hundred fuel cell filling stations. This fuel cell car is similar to the Tesla, but the major advantage is that the filling process would take a very short while instead of what feels like an eternity.
The FCV isn't a tame housecat. The engine is configured to produce over 140 bhp and can go from naught to 60 miles per hour in 10 seconds. This is similar to the Toyota Prius, which is a hybrid car. The FCV is not a heavy car despite the large number of parts used in it. According to sources it weighs as much as a regular sized 4-door sedan weighs. Similar to a plug-in hybrid, the FCV has a small battery that can be charged and discharged as needed to store energy during low-powered driving and provide additional power during high-powered driving. A power-control unit mounted in the front of the car near the motor directs energy to and from the battery and the electric motor depending on load. The FCV features two hydrogen tanks towards the rear of the car. A newly-redesigned boost converter — used to increase the voltage provided by the fuel cell to that needed by the motor — completes the power train.
For now, there are not many hydrogen cell refuelling stations across the globe, but with the advent of this technology, it wont be long before they will replace a lot of the fossil fuel stations.