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Toyota will launch a large-scale fuel cell vehicle in 2015. There will also be innovations in the hybrid models.
Hybrid pioneer Toyota now wants to take the first step with another future technology. While the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer Daimler will not bring its first fuel cell vehicle developed in cooperation with Nissan and Ford onto the market until 2017, Toyota is proving its pioneering role in this technology as well and will launch its first large-scale car with fuel cell technology in 2015 bring.
The four-door sedan should offer a range of 500 kilometers and require no compromises from the customer when it comes to space. This is made possible by a new, particularly compact fuel cell and space-saving hydrogen tanks mounted under the vehicle floor. In the fuel cell, hydrogen is converted into electricity for propulsion. Water is produced as a waste product.
Prices below 75,000 euros
The prices for the fuel cell car in the format of a Mercedes E-Class have not yet been determined, but they should be below 75,000 euros. It is not clear which competitors the Toyota will face in 2015. Numerous other manufacturers are also planning fuel cell vehicles, some of them already in the coming year, but more on the basis of SUVs or vans. The only comparable sedan so far comes from Honda. The FCX Clarity, however, is only produced in a minimal edition, mainly for test purposes.
Toyota is already the market leader with its hybrid models and, together with Lexus, is currently offering ten different vehicles with this technology in Europe. The range includes models from 100 hp to 445 hp with front, rear or all-wheel drive. As the company announced, it offers 23 full hybrid models in 80 countries and regions worldwide and thus has four times as many hybrid models as all other automobile manufacturers on offer. By the end of 2015, the company plans to launch another 15 new or redesigned hybrid vehicles worldwide. (AG / SP-X)
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