Toyota has agreed to supply 10 of its FCHV-adv fuel cell vehicles to SunHydro for a test program in Connecticut starting this fall. The FCHV-adv is the latest generation of Toyota's fuel cell development platform and is based on the previous-generation Highlander. On the energy supply side, SunHydro is building the first privately funded chain of hydrogen fueling stations. Unlike most other other hydrogen stations where the fuel is trucked in, these produce fuel on site using solar power to electrolyze water.
The Toyota vehicles will be based at the SunHydro station in Wallingford, CT, where Proton Energy Systems is headquartered. Proton Energy Systems provides the proton exchange electrolyzers (essentially a reverse fuel cell) used to produce the hydrogen. SunHydro hopes to build a network of fueling stations all along the east coast of the United States from Maine to Florida. Toyota plans to deploy over 100 of the FCHV-adv vehicles across the United States on the road to launching a production fuel cell vehicle in 2015.