There's no doubt about the fact that Toyota is an industry leader in hybrid technology. But their fuel-efficiency endeavors extend far beyond the 51-mpg Toyota Prius. In fact, by the end of the decade, the Japanese automaker hopes to sell thousands of their upcoming hydrogen-powered cars.
At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Toyota displayed their hydrogen-powered FCV-R concept. And Didier Leroy, Head of Toyota's European Operations explains, "We are preparing to be able to produce tens of thousands per year in the 2020s."1
They're getting us ready for a petroleum-free commute, so-to-speak. Hydrogen fuel is incredibly abundant, and would function much like gasoline to propel vehicles, and is incredibly eco-friendly. And while the technology has progressed a lot in the last few years, there are still a few hurdles to overcome. Such as the fact that producing hydrogen fuel cells is costly for vehicle manufacturers, and there aren't many fueling stations around the country.
But it looks like this is all changing. Many major automakers around the globe - including BMW, GM, and Hyundai - are hard at working developing their own fuel-cell technology. And the government plays a role here, too. Legislation in the United Kingdom has recently passed that will enable the further development of fuel cell technology.
All told, we could see a hydrogen-powered Toyota sedan here at Toyota of Rock Hill, 640 Galleria Blvd Rock Hill, SC 29730 by 2015!
But this is just one of the alternatively-fueled and gasoline-sipping models Toyota is developing. Be sure to stay tuned with us to hear more about the 112-mpg Toyota FT-Bh, the Plug-in Electric RAV4, and newest member of the Prius family - the Prius Plug-in.
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