Toyota unveiled its new FCV concept vehicle at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. The car uses Toyota's new fuel cell technology
. Toyota says the FCV will have an EPA driving range of about 300 miles.
The fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen. Hydrogen gas is fed into the fuel cell stack where it combines with oxygen. The chemical reaction produces electricity to power the car's electric motor and charge the battery. Toyota says water vapor is the only emission from the reaction.
Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., says in a statement, "For years, the use of hydrogen gas to power an electric vehicle has been seen by many smart people as a foolish quest. Yes, there are significant challenges. The first is building the vehicle at a reasonable price for many people. The second is doing what WE can to help kick-start the construction of convenient hydrogen refueling infrastructure. We're doing a good job with both and we will launch in 2015."
The car will go on sale in 2015. Toyota is focusing on California initially. It has been working with University of California Irvine's Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) to help map out potential spots for new hydrogen fueling stations.