• Nov 12, 2013
The Toyota FCV (Toyota).
Toyota released images today of a concept car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The electric FCV Concept will be unveiled later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Many models featured at motor shows won't ever be built, but the FCV is on the fast track to production. According to Daily Finance a car similar to the FCV called the FCV-R will be in showrooms around 2015.

Unlike most electric cars, which are powered by heavy, expensive battery packs, the FCV is powered via hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen cars only emit water and water vapor as a waste product. There aren't many places to refuel a hydrogen car yet, but designers for Toyota, Ford, GM and Hyundai are all hoping that cheap, efficient hydrogen will become more widely available as the technology proves itself.


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      Sekinu2
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is very interesting. Ford has been at this concept for awhile. The idea is the best ever for green energey. Hydrogen can easily be created at home with a simple built generator meaning your fuel can be free. This is a little different as its using an electric mtor and the hydrogen is not really powering the car but if this proves viable cars with engines that use compressed hydrogen fuel might change it all. The only issue is compressed hydrogen in tanks needs massive protection since its basically a hydrogen bomb so if ruptured huge problem lol
      • 1 Year Ago
      Public safety should stop production, if it ever gets started, at least in the US. People are too dumb. You still see people smoking cigs as they are pumping gasoline. One small part of refueling that is not sealed 100% and (((((((((( ))))))))))) . Better not give anyone a chance as many people could get hurt.
      jselwhpl
      • 1 Year Ago
      this technology has been around for decades.Infrastructure or lack of is /has been the holdup. Obama would you like to create jobs? Infrastructure-in sad disrepair. stop feeding the oil company , where is your reduce dependency on foreign oil?
      lesturgill
      • 1 Year Ago
      No doubt the nick-name for the hydrogen-powered car will be the "Hindenburg."
      liquidwallpaper
      • 11 Months Ago
      I Toyota has become the number one seller of vehicles again in the world it is American cars companies fault for that happening. They hold back on technology that is offered in their competitions common vehicles. They always shoot themselves in the foot with that stupidity. Look at Hyundai, They offer so many extras in their cars they are going to take second place to Toyota and put American makers third. They have to read the writing on the wall, Consumers want more for their money and a lot of this off the shelf tech should not only be in their luxury cars but on every vehicle they make.
      gmustain
      • 11 Months Ago
      One thing I have never seen addressed is the fact that water vapor is actually about twice as efficient a "Greenhouse Gas" as CO2. So if you replace the CO2 from gasoline cars with cars that produce a gas that causes twice the "Greenhouse effect" what is going to happen?
      smoothski
      • 1 Year Ago
      As far as cars go, it's a great time to be around to witness the development of a variety of new efficient technologies. As an investor, which one will eventually emerge as a winner in the market place?
      aircraftem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hydrogen bomb. I don't think any fusion reaction is going on here? The Hydrogen fuel cell system Toyota is presenting is a game changer. Detroit better get on board or get left in the dust. There will be bottle stations for hydrogen similar to propane for your grill.
      Michael
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hydrogen is flammable and explosive. Sooner or later, despite all the safeguards incorporated, there will be a ***almighty explosion, and that will be the end of fuel cells in cars !
      R2B2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where will the hydrogen come from, stripped from Natural Gas, as is now done, and the carbon dumped into our atmosphere a Global Warming gas? And higher gas prices to boot? Dumb system.
        doyle2104
        • 11 Months Ago
        @R2B2
        For you people that don't understand Hydrogen can be made with bakeing soda and water . I built one for my pickup truck and it increased my miledge by 25 %. It only suplements the gas for now but i am sure that hyd. is the way to a clean environment.People in the fuel industry don't want clean fuel,just like the electric industry dosen't want wind farms.
        glthm8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R2B2
        yes i think i agree,
        glthm8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R2B2
        and the hydrogen bomb not a good idea for a fuel source near people i wouldnt think. what happens in a wreck explosion could be greater than gas
        Ted Langs
        • 11 Months Ago
        @R2B2
        How about stripping Hydrogen from water? Isn't H20 hydrogen with 2 parts Oxygen forming water? I am not a chemist so just don't know. Read this much some where. Perhaps it is easier to get hydrogen from natural gas.
      PRRawlins
      • 1 Year Ago
      well that is an electric car that might even be worth buying ...the battery packs cost more then most used gas cars and make a used battery powered car worthless
      joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let the Recalls begin!!!
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