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Toyota will launch its first fuel cell vehicle in the coming year. A car filled with hydrogen could also supply the household with energy for a week.
Toyota will launch its first consumer fuel cell car in 2015. The start of sales is initially only planned in the US state of California, as the Japanese company announced at the electronics trade fair CES in Las Vegas. The car has an electric drive and the electricity for it is generated using fuel cell technology. Hydrogen is put into the tank. A prototype named FCV was shown in shimmering blue in Las Vegas on Monday (local time).
95 percent cost reductions
The advantage of fuel cell technology is that only water vapor is emitted into the environment. That is why the start in California, as a region with particularly strict emissions values, is ideal. Toyota also points out that the hydrogen for propulsion can be produced on a large scale with the help of renewable energies. And a fully fueled car would also be able to supply a house with energy for a week in an emergency.
The technology, which other car companies have been researching for a long time, has occasionally been criticized as not being efficient enough. Toyota had been driving prototypes in the USA since 2002. During this time, among other things, the costs for the tank and gearbox were reduced by 95 percent, it said. The vehicle can be refueled in three to five minutes and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96.5 km / h) in ten seconds.
Toyota FCV with a range of almost 500 kilometers
The range on one tank of fuel is 300 miles (a good 480 km), said Toyota. According to calculations by the group, 68 new tank systems would be necessary for San Francisco, Silicon Valley, as well as in southern California near Los Angeles and Orange County. Around 10,000 fuel cell vehicles could already be operated with this. The state authorities have already loosened $ 200 million to build 100 stations by 2024. (dpa)
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