Toyota has started offering its fuel cell powered Highlander for lease by government agencies and energy related companies. The latest version, known as the FCHV-adv, uses an updated version of Toyota's in-house developed fuel cell stack which offers an extended range of over 470 miles on the latest JC08 test cycle. In 2007, Toyota engineers drove an FCHV 347 miles from Osaka to Tokyo on a single tank of hydrogen and then later drove one 2,300 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. The FCHV-adv uses a 10,000 psi compressed hydrogen storage system and a nickel metal hydride battery pack to recapture kinetic energy during regenerative braking. Fleets that want to try out the fuel cell Toyota will be paying a hefty price. The FCHV-adv will cost $7,700 per month for a 30 month lease. The Toyota press release is after the jump.

[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE:

Toyota to Begin Leasing Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Tokyo - TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that on September 1 it will begin leasing its new fuel cell hybrid vehicle model, the "TOYOTA FCHV-adv*", to Japan's Ministry of the Environment.

TMC also plans to lease the TOYOTA FCHV-adv, which improves on the cruising distance and low-temperature startup performance of the previously leased "TOYOTA FCHV", to other national government entities, local governments and companies in or related to the energy industry. Lease terms are 840,000 yen (including tax) per
month for 30 months.

By leasing its fuel cell hybrid vehicles, TMC-which became the world's first automaker to commercialize a fuel cell vehicle when it began leasing the TOYOTA FCHV in Japan in December 2002-can obtain real-world feedback for further development, including efforts to improve the durability and reduce the cost of its proprietary high-performance polymer electrolyte fuel cell, the Toyota FC Stack.

This leasing, as well as TMC's participation in other cooperative efforts with the government, the energy industry and other parties concerned is aimed at helping to bring about the widespread use of fuel cell vehicles.

Vehicle Specifications
Vehicle TOYOTA FCHV-adv
Overall length/width/height (mm) 4,735/1,815/1,685
Weight (kg) 1,880
Seating capacity 5
Maximum cruising range (km)*
10-15 test cycle/JC08 test cycle Approx. 830/Approx. 760
Maximum speed (km/h) 155
Name Toyota FC Stack
Type Polymer electrolyte Fuel cell
Output (kW) 90
Type Permanent magnet
Maximum output in kW (ps) 90 (122) Motor
Maximum torque in N-m (kg-m) 260 (26.5)
Type Hydrogen
Storage system High-pressure storage tanks
Maximum storage pressure (MPa) 70 Fuel
Tank capacity (L) 156
Battery Nickel-metal hydride
Lease term 30 months
(840,000 yen per month, including consumption tax)
*
Based on TMC calculations



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