This week, Toyota revealed the exterior design of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan (pretty much the same as the concept shown at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show) and Japanese pricing.
Production of the Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan (as yet, it has no other name) is expected to start in December. Toyota plans to launch the car in Japan before April 2015, and in the US and Europe in the summer of 2015.
The FCS will be sold for “approximately 7 million yen” before tax ($68,700), and will initially be available only in regions where hydrogen fueling infrastructure exists. It features a range of approximately 700 km and a refueling time of roughly three minutes.
Toyota has been developing fuel cell vehicles for more than 20 years, and began leasing a fuel cell Highlander SUV on a limited basis in 2002. Toyota’s fuel cell system includes a proprietary FC Stack, which generates electricity from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.
According to Toyota, “Hydrogen has higher energy density than electricity,” and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) “offer the same level of convenience as conventional gasoline vehicles.”