• Jun 23rd 2009 at 5:27PM
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In 2007, Toyota drove one of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Earlier that same year, a Toyota FCHV drove from Tokyo to Osaka on one tank. The company is certainly in favor of at least researching the technology, and it has repeatedly said that it will start series production of a fuel cell vehicle in the middle of the next decade. At one point, Toyota hinted that 2014 might mark the big year, but that's looking unlikely now.

During a recent shareholders' meeting in Japan, Toyota VP Masatami Takimoto said that Toyota now plans to start production of this new car in 2015. That's still quite soon, as no one expects the hydrogen infrastructure problem to be solved by then. Thanks to Greg B. for the tip!

[Source: AFP]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Considering that Honda, is one of Toyota's largest competitors, it took them long enough to even make it to this point. FCX Clarity's are already on the road in California, with a home charging station far along in development. Toyota has quite a bit of catch-up to play.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They lease a small test fleet and pretend its production so they get called "on the road". And Toyota will do the same thing and get kudos for being in production too.

        Must be nice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can bet the Volt will soon follow this forumla.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Propaganda from Toyota .. the real news is they still have large trucks in their pipeline.

      Hydrogen will never work, given the nature of the hydrogen atom.

      We have lots of it, but it also is the atom with the stongest bond to break .. it takes more energy to break that bond then you get back in return.

      Best place to get hydrogent .. fossil fuels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cue the ABG H-haters who will no doubt point out a tanker truck was needed to get that Highlander to Alaska. As if gasoline was available on every corner prior to the model T being mass produced.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most people did not rely on the Model T for everyday transportation when it was first invented. They used horses for quite a while until the car spread enough to be viable and cheap enough... I doubt people are going to buy a car that is seriously hampered by refueling issues now... There also wasn't an alternative to the Model T that did everything it could do, pretty much, but had the infrastructure that the Model T lacked. I wouldn't buy a hydrogen car until there were a few hydrogen stations nearby AND their reliability had been proven. (And performance... It would have to match or beat my current car for me to be interested right now...)
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago

      Wonder how it will look. Toyota is on point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        It will look like everything else Toyota makes. Which is not a particularly bad thing, if you happen to be legally blind, or devoid of any kind of enthusiam for the automobile.
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